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Manx prisoner rehabilitation scheme wins national award

Isle of Man prison
Image caption The Isle of Man's multi-million pound prison opened in 2008 replacing the old Douglas prison

A rehabilitation scheme for Isle of Man prisoners has won the Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation 2014.

PrisonWorks, a volunteer-led charity based in Jurby prison, provides restorative programmes for inmates.

Chair of the judges, Lady Corbett, said it is an "outstanding example of what can be achieved in prison to help people turn their lives around".

The scheme was set up in 2011 to help prisoners address the consequences of their actions.

The runner-up prize was awarded to The Forgiveness Project in Wales.

'Fresh start'

The awards will be presented to the winners by the former Chief Inspector of Prisons Lord Ramsbotham in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

Isle of Man Home Affairs minister Juan Watterson MHK said he was "delighted the scheme has achieved national recognition".

He said: "Restorative justice is at the forefront of our thinking as we continue to explore alternative approaches to sentencing."

Isle of Man prison governor Alison Gomme said: "Living in a small island community, it can be harder for people to make a fresh start and put their past behind them.

"The contribution of PrisonWorks has been vital in helping prisoners address the consequences of their offending and enabling them to get the help and support they need to lead a law abiding life."

Through its close links with the community, the charity has been able to arrange accommodation and support for many prisoners on their release.

It has also worked to help change the attitudes of people on the island to living and working with former offenders.

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