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Prisoners to get work help

Prisoners are to receive specialist support to help them find work when they complete their sentence, the government has said.

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Prisoners will sign on upon release

Under Government plans, everyone leaving prison and claiming jobseeker's allowance will immediately be referred to the Government's Work Programme.

Official figures for England and Wales showed that half of ex-offenders were on out-of-work benefits two years after being released from prison in 2008.

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