90,000 people are released from prison each year in France, 80% of whom receive no support. Among those 80%, 59% reoffend within 5 years and 33% - within a year of their discharge. In 2020, several thousand people were released from prison early during the first lockdown to free up space in prisons, without any preparation for release or a short-term vision. 48% of prisoners do not have any degree and 75% have reached only the French "CAP" vocational training certificate level or less. Lastly, 65% of new prisoners are unemployed. Thus, the isolation of their detention adds a further barrier to their professional integration by adding a criminal record and a gap in their CV. Wake up Café therefore offers prisoners a remobilization and career plan development program during their detention over the course of three weeks. The participants are able to attend workshops during their time in prison to define their career plan, as well as workshops upon their release to prepare themselves for employment and self-reconstruction.
supported since 2014
reoffended in 2020
of skills sponsorship in 2020
Imprisonment and inaction deconstruct and dehumanize prisoners and cut them off from society. On leaving prison, it is important for released prisoners to rebuild their social and professional life.
Faced with the elimination of preparation courses for release from detention during the health crisis, WKF is consolidating its program:
Wake up Café (WKF) association offers prisoners a support program during and after their detention, consisting of individual and group sessions. The objective is to help them remobilise around a professional project. The participants, also called Wakeurs, benefit from individual support and take part in workshops during their detention, as well as after its end, in order to prepare for employment and rebuild themselves.
WKF works in collaboration with the prison integration and probation services responsible for monitoring and reintegrating convicted persons.
The support of the Air Liquide Foundation helps finance employment preparation and self-reconstruction programs. An emphasis is put on reinforced individual monitoring in the context of the health crisis due to Covid-19. The association also sets up an integration program within the partner companies.