Chocolate Gives New Start to Prisoners

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

Female prisoners in Scotland are being given a new lease of life by learning how to make luxury chocolates.

Twenty women are on a seven-week program run by Positive Changes, a company that makes Grace Chocolates from a church hall.

Joyce Murray, founder of Positive Changes, has told Christian Today, making chocolates is not only a way of breaking the cycle of re-offending, it also provides meaningful employment and saves taxpayer dollars

It costs taxpayers £65,000 (around $A120,000) to put a woman in prison and a further £45,000 (approximately $A45,000) each year she remains there.

There is also the cost in financial and human terms to the children, society, and those directly affected by crime.

At the end of the chocolate-making course, the women receive a certificate and qualification.

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