Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

‘Phoenix’ is the name of the project to reduce the number of re-offending veterans released from prison.

During 2014, the Government undertook a review of Veterans within the Criminal Justice System published in December 2014.

Veterans form the largest occupational group in prison.

Project Phoenix was designed to specifically respond to the issues raised in the report…

Project Phoenix (Phoenix) has been operational since May 2015.

Mentorship is introduced during the final 18-months of sentencing and continues following release, the latter, for a period of no less than 12-months.

Inclusion criteria are Veterans in the final 18-months of sentencing.

All Care after Combat mentors have undergone formal training, initially validated by the National Offenders and Management Service (NOMS) and upgraded quarterly as part of their ongoing professional development.

The results of the current mentoring intervention are remarkable with an absence of re-offending in the sample group.

We have achieved a 100% success rate.

The key benefit of Project Phoenix is, of course, to the lives of the Veterans and their families, but there are also significant benefits to wider society, not least the financial savings of diverting them away from the criminal justice system.

“You just don’t turn from being a proud warrior into a criminal without a reason…we hope to find the reasons and deal with them”
Care After Combat Trustee, Simon Weston CBE
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