Why We Exist

For many prisoners, their life has followed a devastating pattern of social disadvantage, exclusion and crime. 

This cycle can sweep whole generations of people into a life they didn’t choose and this injustice starts early.  For some prisoners, it is their violent past which has resulted in their exclusion from society.  Some have experienced violence as the victims of crime, often victims of abuse or neglect: these traumatic incidents are very often the root cause of their disruptive behaviour and it continues to fuel their isolation from society.

“I just feel like I’m up against the system, housing benefits and no-one is listening. I just couldn't cope with everything at once”

To break this negative cycle, Khulisa works with at-risk youth, prisoners and ex-prisoners to understand and tackle the root-cause of their violent and anti-social behaviours.  We do this by placing wellbeing at the heart of rehabilitation; we provide intensive therapeutic support and mentoring, which builds self-awareness and emotional resilience.  By equipping people with the tools to choose alternatives to violence and crime, we provide a way out and a chance to feel safe and well.  In doing so, we transform their lives and enable them and their communities to truly thrive and flourish.

The cycle of exclusion and crime

  • Less than 1% of UK children are currently in care and yet more than half of young offenders have been in care
  • Disruptive behaviour is the most common cause for school exclusion and excluded pupils are 4 times more likely to go to prison
  • Suicide rates are 10 times higher in custody than amongst the general population with 1 suicide every 3 days in UK prisons
  • Upon release from prison, more than 1 in 10 find themselves without a home to go to (this is more than 3 in 10 for young offenders)
  • Ex-prisoners are 10 times more likely to borrow money from a loan shark than the average UK household
  • 1 in 5 employers say they would exclude an offender from any recruitment process
  • Children of prisoners are 3 times more likely to offend themselves

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