Criminal Justice & Prison In-reach

The Criminal Justice & Prison In-reach project supports women who are imprisoned whilst they are inside to reduce reoffending, improve health and wellbeing and reduce isolation.

Due to multiple and complex needs, offending typically goes hand in hand with drug/alcohol dependency, mental health conditions and homelessness.

In 2015-16, 63% of women entering prison under sentence were serving less than six months (Brady 2018). A short custodial sentence leaves little time for Prison Medical Referrals or long-term support whilst inside. However, time inside can also be an opportunity for women to abstain from drug use, develop new skills and reflect on their lives. With a lack of support and stability within the prison system, Kairos’ work of building relationships with women and continuing to support them on release is vital.


Therefore, Kairos offers the following support at HMP Peterborough:

– Monthly one to one meetings, providing a listening ear and reducing isolation.

For 2 women supported by Kairos in 2017-18, the visits they received from Kairos were their only visitors in prison.

– Advocacy to help women resolve issues outside of prison (such as contacting solicitors, housing, probation, social care and family), inside of prison (such as healthcare, including mental health)

– Support on release, both in planning and on the day of release, taking women to critical appointments and to accommodation

– Link in with other services at Kairos upon release including 1-2-1 support and group sessions


We are proud to be supported by Lloyds Bank Foundation for our Criminal Justice & Prison In-reach and follow-up support work.

Coventry University carried out a research project into the work of Prison In-reach between June 2015 and March 2018. The evaluation report can be found here.

“Thank you for Kairos coming to prison. Without [Kairos] I would be lost and alone, as I don’t get any other visitors to come and see me”