Inside Prisons, Barista Training Helps Prepare Inmates For Success Outside
In the past, we've written about businesses that make a point to hire people who have recently been released from prison—but the business in this story takes the investment in training one step further.
"Within two years of leaving prison, only 15% of the guys are actually employed," explained Max Dubiel, co-founder of Redemption Coffee Roasters.
Redemption has several locations in the London, where they serve up beautiful lattes and other drinks. Their game-changing location, however, is inside Aylesbury Prison, a facility for inmates under the age of 21. The coffee shop inside the correctional facility is operated in partnership with the UK's Ministry of Justice, and trains inmates in both barista skills and business basics.
The goal, Max said, is to make people who are serving their time more appealing to potential employers when they get out and, in a larger sense, reduce recidivism (the rate at which people released from prison return to the facility).
"If they can't get a job" when they're released, explained Max, "and need to put food on the table... You wonder what else are they going to do than turn back to crime, right?"
So far, 18 young men have gone through the Redemption Coffee Roasters training program in the year and a half that it's been operating. Max and his team plan to expand into other prisons in the area to continue spreading the positive impact they're having on populations of young people who could use a compassionate helping hand.