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Offenders to 'rehabilitate behind prison walls'

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.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling . Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

"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."

Read more: Resettlement jails unveiled as part of prison shake-up

Resettlement jails unveiled as part of prison shake-up

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.

HMP Wandsworth, London. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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.

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Six London jails 'could close'

Wormwood Scrubs is amongst six prisons in London that could be shut down and replaced. Credit: ITN

A report by a former prison governor and deputy director at the Ministry of Justice has recommended that six major London prisons are closed.

Brixton, Feltham, Holloway, Pentonville, Wandsworth and Wormwood Scrubs would be amongst 30 nationwide that could be replaced by around ten larger ones.

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