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Some of them have stabbed people, some of them have shot people but a Somerset based charity is proving that the toughest young offenders can be shown a different path
Key4Life based near Somerton in Somerset claims over 18 months it's broken the cycle of re-offending from 74 per cent of cases to 8 per cent. And it says it can transform lives for a fraction of the cost of prison or care.
David Woodland has been to see two former gang members who are being helped by the charity.
The charity Key4Life based near Somerton in Somerset is a long way from violent inner London drugs gang and the young offenders' institution near Bristol which was home for a while.
Jail costs up to 65,000 pounds per person, care three times that, but key4life costs five thousand a year. And of 23 former criminals helped, only a couple have reoffended. The normal ex prison rate would be three quarters, 17 of the 23 reoffending.
A Somerset based charity is proving that the toughest young offenders can be shown a different path. Key4Life claims it's broken the cycle of re-offending from 74 per cent of cases to just 8 per cent.
One of those to benefit from the programme is Fizzy Montana, who told our Somerset Correspondent a life of gangs and violence had become the norm: