The below outcomes ensure prisoners are motivated and have sufficient skills and knowledge to make a positive difference in their lives and break the ‘cycle of re-offending’. This leads to reduced re-offending, fewer victims and therefore improved social well-being in their communities;
- Prisoners leave Life101 programmes motivated to make a positive change in their lives, become productive members of society, all because they have opportunities available to them that they may not have once realised.
- Prisoners set goals, both financial and life goals, which keeps them focussed while integrating into society, and becoming productive members of society.
- Prisoners have confidence and self-confidence to be able to reach the goals they’ve set for themselves.
- Prisoners are provided basic life skills that will benefit them and their families throughout their lives; skills that they are able to pass on to their friends, family and children which leads to lasting change.
- Prisoners are provided financial skills so they’re able to take charge of their financial futures and be proud of what they can achieve, both for themselves and their families.
Public safety is improved by the reduction in re-offending through motivation and skills learnt/received in the Life101 programmes.
If a past prisoner is motivated and has opportunities available to them there will be significantly reduced reasons for them to go back to a life of crime and re-offending. This leads to a safer community and a more educated and inspired community as the basic skills learnt in the Life101 programmes are handed down through family and Whanau generations (ie. how to save money, get a job etc).
If prisoners are motivated to make a difference in their lives after they’ve been provided with the necessary hard and soft-skills from the Life101 programmes, they become more productive members of society. This leads to them providing ‘value’ to the community and economy through employment and endeavours they’d like to pursue (ie. educating and inspiring people in their community, working with at-risk youth, starting a business etc).
Once prisoners have completed their community work or probation hours they will create a positive change and become productive members of society. They no longer are a financial burden on New Zealand’s justice system, which has ongoing financial and social benefits for the country as well as individual communities.