change, grow, live – health and social care charity

Criminal justice services

Change, grow, live (CGL) was developed in the 1970s by magistrates and former probation officers to support people leaving prison to resettle in the community. Today, we continue to offer rehabilitation interventions and services across the country that encourage and enable people to stop offending and regain control of their lives.

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Our staff work in prisons, custody suites and communities to support individuals who come into contact with the criminal justice system, including those with drug and alcohol needs, those who commit large amounts of crime, women with children and individuals with complex needs.

We pride ourselves on our innovative approach to crime reduction. Our charity pioneered arrest referral services in the 1990s and today we deliver some of the most effective Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) services in the country, which achieve above average reductions in offending. 

About our services

Our criminal justice services mainly support people whose drug or alcohol use has got them into trouble with the law. We work with the police, prisons, courts and other health and social care services to provide integrated drug and alcohol treatment interventions that aim to stop reoffending and further harm to individuals and society.

We seek to engage with people at a time of crisis, such as arrest or imprisonment, when we can encourage them to start to change negative behaviour patterns and lay the foundations for a new life, free from addiction and offending.

Our criminal justice services include:

  • Drug Interventions Programme: a range of interventions which support people from the point of arrest, through sentencing and imprisonment to resettlement in the community, including integrated offender management services.
  • Interventions for individuals sentenced to Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR) and Alcohol Treatment Requirement (ATR) court orders.
  • Prison-based drug and alcohol structured treatment programmes.
  • Integrated drug and alcohol services that encourage people to tackle their drug use and offending related to drug use.
  • Supported accommodation to enable ex-offenders to resettle in the community.

Our approach

Our approach to criminal justice services involves:

  • Tailoring support to individual needs and helping people use their skills and strengths to achieve positive goals.
  • Addressing the factors that can influence a person’s substance misuse and offending, including homelessness, health problems, family breakdown and so on.
  • Providing support and inspiration through peer mentors, who are former service users trained to work with people who are committing crime and show by example that recovery is achievable.
  • Encouraging behaviour change through developing positive ways of thinking.
  • Nurturing family and other community support networks, to help people with a history of criminal behaviour to reintegrate back into society and build a life away from crime.

This approach offers offenders the best possible chance to seize the opportunity to change and build a healthier and safer life, for them, their families and their communities. 

Last year (2015-16), 9 out of 10 service users who were offending when we started working with them, had stopped offending by the time they left.

*Self-reported. Internal data.


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