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Prison

Coping with COVID in prison

Peer research with 1,600 people in prison reveals the fully impact of living through the pandemic inside.

On Probation

Richie’s story: fixing the system

In the latest turnaround story, Richie Ellis of User Voice talks about how a conversation with a fellow lifer sent him on a positive track to help others.

On Probation

Debbie’s story: from cleaner to CEO

Prison officers said all Debbie Cox could aspire to on release was to be a cleaner, but she founded her own business and is now a team leader for User Voice.

Alcohol/Drugs/Gambling

The true horrors of using NPS in prison

A report by User Voice for the NHS confirms that synthetic cannabinoid Spice is the most popular drug in prison and causes serious health & security problems. Its popularity is attributed to its “bird killing” properties.

On Probation

What do service users think of probation changes?

Offenders on probation used terms such as “more stressed”, “miserable”, “deflated” to describe their probation officers after Transforming Rehabilitation was implemented.

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