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Service user thanks Probation Officer for support to turn his life around

1 June 2016

A service user says that thanks to the support of his Probation Officer he has made positive steps to end his prolific offending.

30 year old Benjamin spent two-thirds of his life committing crime. In that time he has stacked up over 60 convictions and 500 arrests.

Due to his offending Benjamin lost everything; his relationship with the mother of his two children ended, he lost his business and spent all his savings on crack cocaine.

But a meeting with Stephanie Monk a Probation Officer and a Police IOM Officer helped Benjamin to make positive long-lasting changes to end his criminal career.

They set up counselling for his PSTD, gave him support in his efforts to abstain from drugs as well as securing him suitable accommodation – all important issues to reduce his future risk of reoffending.

Benjamin says: 'I've changed my entire lifestyle. I now go to the gym once a day as it's a safe space. I don't have a phone so can't be contacted by old drug associates.

'KSS CRC has given me, one of the worst criminals, a chance to turn my life around. Stephanie my Probation Officer has been incredibly supportive during my time on probation. She has helped me to break down my problems so that I can take positive steps in the right direction.'

With this support, Benjamin only a few weeks left until he completes his licence. He has been drug free for almost four years. He also feels that he can be a better role model to his children now that he has made positive changes to his lifestyle.

* Photo posed by a model

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