Prisoners Families Bite Back - By Lona

Criminals Re-offending

Bobby Cummines OBE was in and out of the prison system for 13 years and is now chief executive of UNLOCK, a Kent-based charity working with ex-offenders.

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Bobby Cummines

If you put a dog in a cupboard under the stairs and give it no training or love and affection, don't be surprised when it comes out and bites you”

Bobby CumminesFormer prisoner

He believes criminals do not get enough practical help and advice during and after prison to change their attitudes and remove the incentives to re-offend.

"If you put a dog in a cupboard under the stairs and give it no training or love and affection, don't be surprised when it comes out and bites you," he said.

"Education was my liberation but my probation officer had time to work with me. He turned my life around.

"Now they've taken away the aftercare bit of probation and someone in their wisdom in the Home Office made the probation service a court policeman, who just enforces court orders."

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RE the above BBC NEWS link. I would like to comment please on, Bobby Cummines, comment regarding re-offending. Just watching the, Strangeways programme, it is plainly obvious that no time is spent on re-habilitation on the inside either. Sorry, but in having to deal with certain prisoners who call prison their 'home' and have clearly got issues, this is draining resources, left, right and centre. My partner has been out of prison for nearly 18 months now, and Bobby Cummines is 'lucky' to have had a probation officer that turned his life around. My partner is lucky if he gets to see his probation officer for 5 minutes a month! My partners probation officer is useless! As for Bobby Cummins comparing a human being with a dog? Hmm, there is simply a lot more to it than coming out with a quote as such. Plus, families play a huge part also in the support of an ex offender which Mr Cummines has failed to mention.

By Lona Jackson