About Us:

HACRO (Hertfordshire Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders) is a charity that helps people who have been on the wrong side of the law to turn their lives around. We do this by delivering family support and ex-offender employment programmes – both proven to reduce re-offending.

The latest estimate for total annual costs of crime in England and Wales for crimes against individuals and businesses is £59 billion. Reoffending rates are 28-30% with consequent costs to individual victims, families, and society. Our Vision is a world in which everyone on the wrong side of the law has the chance to turn their lives around and lead a life fully contributing to society.

Our mission is to offer support for offenders, potential offenders and their
families to make positive changes in their lives.

HACRO in Numbers


of visitors surveyed said that the HACRO Visitor Centre at HMP The Mount was helpful.


Wellbeing score improvement on the Warwick-Edinburgh Index.


Increase on income up to £238,200

volunteers working across HACRO

prolific offenders supported through Project Strive.

small grant given out to support ex-offenders essentials to settle and gain employment or training.

• 40-50% growth of programmes in 2019-20.
• Skills and knowledge learned feedback scores 90% to 100%.

Our work:

We do this by providing a range of education, training and well-being programmes, including:

  • employment programme BBO Strive (Building Better Opportunities –
    Support and Transition Routes into Volunteering and Employment), which helps to rehabilitate previously prolific offenders;
  • WorkAbility – a work-readiness programme which provides
    preparation for work training, vocational courses and builds links to
  • Step Forward – an Education, Training and Employment project that provides  one-on-one employment coaching to support offenders under the Probation Service;
  • the Caring Dads programme which delivers parenting skills to men
    against whom there have been allegations of domestic abuse;
  • Dedicated Dads – now a long-term initiative for men alleged of domestic abuse, comprising up to eight 1:1 sessions remotely with a Facilitator;
  • HACRO also runs Visitor Centre at HMP The Mount in Bovingdon,
    which makes prison visits less stressful for families and children and supports ongoing family contact; and
    We also champion our belief in second chances by working with influential partners in the community of Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties to encourage support for the care and resettlement of offenders.