Prisoner mentors 'to help stop reoffending rates'

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the new mentor scheme for prisoners in England will support offenders to get their lives back together. He said:

"The bit that is missing at the moment, is the real focus on stopping people reoffending, we may organise a community penalty, we may put someone in jail, but actually, there is not nearly enough focus on making sure they don't reoffend after."

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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.