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Breaking the cycle of reoffending: why education is key

In the UK, we imprison more people per head of population than any other country in Europe. The financial cost of this is huge and reoffending rates are high – so what needs to change?

In this episode, we look at how education can break the cycle of reoffending, focusing on the example of The Clink Charity, who aim to reduce reoffending by training prisoners in a restaurant setting.

Join us to hear from Yvonne Thomas, Chief Executive of The Clink, and John Gordon, a former offender who was helped by the charity.

This uplifting conversation will challenge your perspectives on prisoners, punishment, and rehabilitation. Let’s explore how re-educating can prevent reoffending.

About Yvonne Thomas

Yvonne joined The Clink Charity in January 2022 having spent her career to date in public and private sector organisations including BT, The Ministry of Justice and Interserve.  Latterly, she has been advising organisations including charities and community interest companies, particularly those who help find people good jobs and decent accommodation.  Much of her career has been spent trying to find ways to support people in their rehabilitation journey.  She is also a trustee of the national charity, People, Potential, Possibilities (P3). 


  • Download the transcript for this episode here.
  • Learn more about The Clink Charity here.

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