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Evaluation of the Transitional Support Scheme

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  • Release date: 8 November 2010
The Transitional Support Scheme (TSS) is one of the largest and longest established mentoring schemes for ex-prisoners in the UK.

It offers ‘through the gate’ assistance to short-term male and female prisoners with substance misuse problems.

The evaluation found that TSS  achieved  high post-release contact rates in comparison with other evaluated mentoring schemes, and that its mentors continued to work quite intensively with a significant proportion of clients for periods of up to three months. Those ex-prisoners who had 2-6 such contacts were reconvicted at a considerably lower rate than either a comparison group or the TSS participants who did not maintain contact.

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