Alex has announced the expansion of the Clink Kitchens Scheme to a further 25 prisons by the end of the year to help thousands of offenders find jobs and turn their backs on crime.
Already running at eight prisons, the programme sees prisoners train in professionally-run prison kitchens for up to 35 hours a week – preparing and cooking thousands of meals daily – while simultaneously working towards professional qualifications which will help them find employment on the outside.
The Clink has already helped over 2,500 offenders into stable and secure jobs and the expansion is expected to support a further 2,000 prisoners
Alex said: "Prisoners with a job on release are far less likely to reoffend – meaning if we can provide the path to employment, we can make our communities safer.
"As we continue to build back safer from the pandemic, it is absolutely vital that we continue to address the root causes of crime by supporting offenders to turn their lives around – and this scheme will do precisely that for thousands of ex-prisoners."
You can watch a video of Alex's visit to HMP Brixton by clicking HERE.