After a return visit to our friends North of the border, I’m left in no doubt at all that whatever they are doing is working. To have reduced the prison population by any number is an achievement, but to have done so by as much as 500 is nothing short of incredible. I realise it is a team effort together with other criminal justice stakeholders, but you can’t ignore the numbers so “hats off”. Driven from the top they are developing a much more progressive attitude to crime, of one where the offender is actually a person (or citizen in SPS speak) who it turns out, at least 50% of the time comes from poverty and has been brought up around crime and criminals.(so knows no different / this is their normal) It is no coincidence then that they follow in the footsteps of those influencing their decision making. This in most cases is their friends or indeed their close family members, often it is their fathers, brothers even mothers. A trip out is to visit their father in prison.We see this all the time right across the UK and beyond, where 2nd or 3rd generation criminal families continue to breed our future criminals, yet the real crime is that society by and large ignores it. In order to help these people you need to be able to empathise with them, which is extremely hard when they are causing misery in your own back yard, or even worse taking your hard earned goods. However we have two choices, we can carry on doing what we have always done and get the same results, or as with SPS and Tempus Novo we can challenge the status quo by educating these people to lead law abiding and constructive lives, away from crime. We believe the best way to do this and create a platform for sustainability is using employment.This in turn will have a positive impact on their children and ultimately provide us with a safer, and more prosperous community.