British pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned London-based indie Flicker Productions for a multi-part observational docuseries that delves into the issues underlining re-offending rates in the UK.
The three-part series Life After Lock-Up was filmed over a one-year period, tracking how ex-offenders cope with life outside bars after being incarcerated and living with institutional support and routine.
The docuseries follows eight ex-offenders, providing insight into the pressures they face and drawing on themes of mental health, addiction, social mobility, education and employment; all while the government faces scrutiny to reduce re-offending rates.
Additionally, Flicker Productions surveyed 100 prison leavers about their life in and out of prison and has shared the data with criminology researchers based out of Birmingham City University who are gathering the results as part of a research paper that will be shared with the government.
“There are few issues more important to society and more controversial than the high rate of recidivism among ex-prisoners, often within months of their release. By following ex-offenders, this major project brings unique insight to the problem,” said Sinnerton, commissioning editor, news and current affairs and commissioning editor, Channel 4, in a statement.