“The outcomes from this project have been wide-reaching, with improvements noted to prison discipline, relationships and engagement. STEPS to Excellence® has significantly enhanced the services and support offered here at Mountjoy and is now embedded as a programme that will continue to be offered to prisoners.”
Brian Murphy, Campus Governor, Mountjoy Prison, Dublin
Prisoners on protection: An increase in the number of prisoners requesting to be transferred to the main wings of the prison and subsequently engaging in education, training or work.
Attitude Change: An increase in the prisoners’ openness to engage with services, including education, training and work, with many attending school classes and working towards qualifications.
Health: An increase in prisoners becoming aware and taking more control over their health and well-being, which resulted in more prisoners using the gym and physical benefits are noted by prison staff.
Relationships: Improved relationships between staff and prisoners and with other prisoners on the landings, with prisoners’ family relationships also reported to have improved as a result of using tools learned in STEPS to Excellence®.
Progression: In 2017 a ‘Progression Unit’ was set up to offer privileges and greater responsibilities to well-behaved prisoners, the majority having modified their behaviour after completing STEPS to Excellence®.