Somerset charity helping young offenders

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.

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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.

Charity cuts reoffending to just 8 per

Of 23 former criminals helped, only a couple have reoffended Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

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Somerset charity helping young offenders

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: