A radical new plan to keep young men away from prison enters a new phase of implementation following its launch on 3 July 2019.
The Adult & Teen Challenge drug and alcohol prevention and rehabilitation programme is to be housed at Good Hope, St Paul’s, where a building will be transformed into a youth skills training and counselling centre.
Prompting this initiative are the worrying statistics at the Richmond Hill prison, where between 60-70% of male prisoners are between 19-35 years; the prison population is over 300, and the recidivism rate is over 60%. Over 80% of the repeat inmates are affected by drug and alcohol-related problems. The nonprofit faith-based organisation affiliated with Global Teen Challenge had almost completed a 9-month rehabilitation programme of 20 inmates receiving discipleship training, mentoring and psychological services, when Covid-19 interrupted.