The aim of probation is to supervise high-risk offenders when they are released from prison into the community. The government agency responsible is the National Probation Service. Although some parts of the service were contracted out to non-governmental agencies, this idea has been abandoned and all the services will come back under the NPS.
There are a number of local charities who supplement government services by offering mentoring or supported housing to people released from prison. For example, West Yorkshire Community Chaplaincy Project is an interfaith service that helps people released from prison settle back into the community. There are several projects that offer supported housing to people who want to recover from major addiction, such as Reflections House in Castleford.
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