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Plans to reorganise the prisons system are 'meaningless', the shadow justice secretary said today, after it was unveiled that a network of resettlement jails would introduces as part of a shake-up of the system.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
Too many people are being sent to prison when they could be better dealt with in the community, the former Governor of Brixton Prison said today, after the Justice Secretary unveiled a shake-up of the prison estate.
Paul McDowell said: "Putting communities at the heart of the criminal justice system through the development of resettlement prisons is a step in the right direction.
"We need to make sure that preparing offenders for their release begins at the earliest point of entry into custody. It is critically important to ensure that offenders are given appropriate support by someone in their own community.
"This is the best place for them re-build relationships with families, deal drug or alcohol problems and get the help they need with mental health issues".
A network of 70 resettlement jails that will prepare offenders to be released into the area in which they live has been unveiled by the Justice Secretary.
Here are the prisons in London affected:
- Wormwood Scrubs
Rehabilitation in the community "must begin behind the prison walls" and follow offenders "out through the gates", Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said today as part of a shake-up of the prison system.
"It is little wonder we have such high reoffending rates when you have a prisoner leaving HMP Liverpool, given a travel permit to get them home to the south coast, and then expected to simply get on with it.
"This approach is a significant step forwards in our reforms to tackle reoffending and lays the groundwork for building a genuine nationwide network of 'through the gate' supervision and support for all offenders."
A network of resettlement jails, including several in London, has been unveiled by the Justice Secretary as part of a shake-up of the prison estate.
The introduction of 70 resettlement prisons across England and Wales will see the majority of offenders released from prisons in, or close to, the area in which they will live, Chris Grayling said.
Existing prisons up and down the country will function as resettlement prisons with a trial starting in the north west of England in the autumn.
The Justice Secretary announced a raft of prison closures covering some 2,600 inmate places in January.