A visit to Texas gave Michael Gove plenty to think about as he looks to improve how we approach rehabilitation. A justice system that has seen prisons closed at the same time as a reduction in crime can’t be ignored, and it is no coincidence that the model they use is similar to those used by some of the smaller and more successful organisations here in the UK.
When you show genuine interest in someone who has never had it, the reaction is often amazing. Most repeat offenders fall in to this category and so it is no surprise that when someone comes along and genuinely wants to help them, they respond by wanting to please. This is the theory on which both the Texan and Tempus Novo models are built, and it provides a solid platform for long term success.