Britain's Duchess of Cambridge visits prison

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge made her first visit to a prison today (25.09.15) to see how charity RAPt is working to support women prisoners with addictions.

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge visits prison

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge made her first visit to a prison today (25.09.15).

The 33-year-old royal stopped by Send women's prison in Surrey, England to see the work of the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt), which aims to help prisoners suffering from addictions.

She said: "I was reminded today how addictions lie at the heart of so many social issues and how substance misuse can play such destructive role in vulnerable people's lives. I saw again today that a failure to intervene early in life to tackle mental health problems and other challenges can have profound consequences for people throughout their lives.

"I am grateful to the women I met for sharing their difficult personal stories with me. It is encouraging to learn how organisations like RAPt are offering specialist support to help people break the cycle of addiction and look forward to a positive and crime free life."

During her visit, Catherine met with Kirsty Lacey, a former prisoner who had taken part in the RAPt programme in 2008.

She said: "If it wasn't for the RAPt programme and the support they have given me since, I would not be living this life I am now - one that is beyond my wildest dreams."

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