Through the Gate resettlement service

Through the Gate is a service which has been designed to help you settle back into the community after leaving prison. The service is provided by a team of skilled, experienced resettlement workers who can give you support and advice, tailored to your individual needs. Our resettlement workers will work with you to create a plan that might include:

 
  • finding suitable accommodation ready for your release
  • preparing you for work and helping you to get a job
  • finding suitable training and education courses
  • giving you advice on managing money, claiming benefits and dealing with debt
  • getting support if you have been a sex worker or a victim of domestic abuse.

 

When will Through the Gate start?

Within 72 hours of your arrival, prison staff will meet you to carry out an initial assessment of your needs. A resettlement worker will then carry out a second assessment and will work with you to create a resettlement plan.

 

At least 12 weeks before you are due to leave prison, your resettlement worker will help you to prepare for your release by making sure everything in your plan is being put into action. And once you’ve been released from prison, they may continue to work with you in the community while you complete the rest of your sentence.

 

What happens when I leave prison?

The Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 has brought changes to our service. If you have committed an offence on or after 1 February 2015, you will now have at least 12 months supervision in the community.

 

Whatever the length of your sentence, you will be released from prison at the halfway point and you’ll serve the second half of your sentence on licence, in the community. When you are on licence, you could be recalled back to prison if you breach any of your sentence conditions.

 

If your licence is less than 12 months, you will receive a ‘top up’ supervision period (without licence) to ensure that you receive the full 12-month supervision service. The table below gives a few examples of how this will work.

 

 

Custodial sentence

Time served in prison

Time on licence in the community (with supervision)

Time on ‘top up’ supervision

(without licence)

4 years

2 years

2 years

0

2 years

1 year

1 year

0

18 months

9 months

9 months

3 months

6 months

3 months

3 months

9 months

 

 
 
What do I need to do?

Through the Gate is a legally enforceable part of your sentence and you must do everything you are asked to do. If you don’t comply when:

 

• you are on licence, then you can be recalled back to prison

• you are on supervision (not licence), then you can be returned to the magistrates court where  you might receive a fine, a curfew, an unpaid work sentence or up to 14 days in prison.

 

Your probation worker will do what they can to help you but it’s important that you make the effort yourself. You should:

 

  • keep appointments with your resettlement worker/probation worker and arrive on time
  • treat staff with respect and listen to their advice and instructions
  • attend appointments with a clear head
  • tell your probation worker if you change your phone number (once you’ve been released).

 

 

 

 


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