Up until 2017, Leon had been in and out of the prison system and had periods of being on curfew and electronic tag with a varied and long-standing criminal background.
His triggers for his offending behaviour were excessive binge drinking, cocaine and cannabis use, alongside a volatile relationship resulting in its breakdown and financial difficulties. Members of Leon’s family over many generations had also been in and out of the prison system. He had found it hard to break away from past associates who had a negative effect on him in his local community out of a sense of loyalty to them.
In 2018, Leon moved into Nacro accommodation but was still not feeling positive about his future. During his time with Nacro, Leon saw a GP for the first time in five years and went on anti-depressants to stabilise his mood. He also underwent dental treatment. He resumed engagement with medical staff for a degenerative eye condition and agreed to self-imposed restrictions around his impulsivity.
He gradually started to feel more confident and positive as this has been the longest period that he has not reoffended. Staff noted how Leon has behaved impeccably and has made excellent progress; he has now been granted unsupervised contact with his son.
He recently moved into his own accommodation and thanked Nacro staff for helping to put his life back on track as he wishes to continue moving forward in a constructive and positive manner.