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Freed prisoners could get mentor

Offenders should be "met at the prison gate" by mentors who can help them escape a life of crime, the Justice Secretary will say today.

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'Army of volunteers' needed to make mentor scheme feasible

Harry Fletcher, from the National Association of Probation Officers, said the idea of mentors was "excellent" but he thought it would never happen because of the sheer numbers needed to make it work. He told the BBC:

You'd need an army of volunteers or employees of private companies to do it properly.

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