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The single greatest problem within all of Her Majesty’s 122 Prison establishments throughout England and Wales lay with the massive increase in use of illegal drugs.

Whilst addicts are being jailed at an ever-increasing number each day it is alarming that after being placed on expensive detox programmes prisoners will ultimately be relocated back on a wing filled with drug dealers who have not had their cycle of behavior issues addressed.

The Hindsight programme aims to address most of the common factors which introduce people to drug trafficking such as risky decision making linked to, peer pressure, greed, lifestyle, quest for excitement, personal insecurities, ignorance, delusions of grandeur, seeking attention, duress, suggestibility, a naïve and easily manipulated nature, drug dependency and the list goes on.    

The program will allow every individual Student to reflect on their own progression into this illicit trade and what changes can be made to their lives in order to stop this cycle from constantly reoccurring.

Because of the enormity and diversity of the subject matter students will be accurately assessed by an independent coordinator from the AP Foundation, their information will then be broken-down into the relevant categories not dissimilar to the process commonly used by law enforcement agencies when profiling their targets.

All data collected will be handled without prejudice and not be relayed on to any authorities or law enforcement agencies. The purpose of this process is to identify the tendencies of each individual so a development plan can be tailored to best address their particular areas of concern.me

Program Overview

Hindsight is a specialist yet practical drug traffickers rehabilitation program for both male and female offenders aged 15 or over which allows them to understand the impact of their behavior on themselves, their partner, children, friends and the wider community.

Hindsight has been developed to help prevent institutionalization and reoffending by providing the foresight to understand the potential benefits of living a live outside of crime through providing all offenders who wish to access the program with the necessary social and family infrastructure support while inculcating honest work ethics.

Hindsight also exists to prevent intergenerational offending, supporting prisoners to better understand the effect their behavior may have on their children or even grandchildren and how to identify ways to break a cycle of offending. Students will get the opportunity to identify their capabilities and gain the necessary transferable skills to help them move towards changing their criminal mindset and lifestyle.

Hindsight aims to:

  • Stimulate sustained positive attitudinal behavioral change within the offender.
  • Through AP Foundations pop-up prison workshops we enhance the offender’s levels of engagement with additional education, training and ability to transfer some of their existing skill sets into legitimate projects.
  • Improve the offenders employability skills and contribute to their personal development.
  • Reduce the likelihood of the offender’s risk of reoffending by equipping them with the skills and motivation for more successful reintegration into their family, community and new workplace or legitimate business venture.
  • Making them completely aware of the devastating impact drugs have on the less privileged and the community in general.

Hindsight the Programme

Hindsight the program has been specifically designed to identify and tackle the most common behavioral patterns of individuals that participate in trafficking drugs or other contraband.

Hindsight is a unique rehabilitation programme that is distinctive from those using conventional methods as widely practiced amongst the courses currently delivered in Her Majesty’s Prisons. The ultimate aim of Hindsight is to be as thought provoking as possible and challenge the traditional theories that up until now have been perceived as the correct method of approaching the rehabilitation of offenders who have been convicted of drug trafficking or related offences.

Unfortunately it is a proven fact that there is no program which has been previously introduced or is currently in operation within Her Majesty’s Prisons that addresses the risk of re-offending by those who have been convicted for drug trafficking offences so consequentially there is no way for offenders convicted of drug trafficking offences to lower their risk or address the behavior that lead to their incarceration so there is nothing in place to prevent reoffending.

Perhaps the authors of such programs have a differing conception of the drug business at variance with my personal experiences. I am sure that there has been no deliberate intention to be patronizing. However when an offender is given a series of in-cell packs to complete which supposedly address their Thought Chains, Impulsivity, Decision-Making and Consequential Thinking, one would expect the questions to be a little more intellectually challenging than a simplistic True or False. “if I impulsively attack someone is it not my fault?” Or “Impulsivity is a good excuse for my actions?”

Sadly this is the general content of most programs predominantly used within the system for the purpose of rehabilitation and progression of inmates who have been convicted of drug trafficking offences and with the supposed aim of reducing re- offending figures. Mistakenly such programs tend to focus specifically on issues like basic common sense and consequential thinking patterns. Although it must be accepted that a large number of younger offenders do lack common sense in particular with decision-making, it is also a proven fact that this area of consciousness and understanding tends to develop naturally with life experiences and maturing with age.

Far less emphasis is given to other underlying concerns that are significantly more consistent in this area of crime, such as offenders suffering from learning difficulties and various compulsive behavior disorders. It is a fact that someone who is dyslexic may have an entrepreneurial spirit accompanied with a high IQ level of intelligence.

Equally someone who has an addictive personality disorder may show a common trait for craving excitement. A perfect example of this behavior would be an individual who spends money carelessly on designer goods, gambling or other addictive vices and then reverts to selling drugs in order to subsidize these vices.

Hindsight offers students alternative ways of thinking, values, tolerance, and empathy whilst trying to gradually establish a moral compass during the teaching a number of transferable skills. :

Sentence planning should, wherever possible, be an inclusive process with -the offender. Where appropriate sufficient weight is given to the offender’s views of their offending-related behavior, and this forms an integral part of the planning process and delivery of the sentence plan, throughout the sentence.

Engagement with offenders is meaningful i.e. offenders are encouraged to have a direct investment in their sentence plan for achieving its outcomes.

(PSI 14/2012-PI 08/2012)

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