Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said offenders needed better rehabilitation, to prevent more people becoming victims of crime.
His comments come as new figures reveal that more than 200,000 crimes were committed in England and Wales last year by former prisoners who had already served lengthy jail terms.
Mr Grayling said: "These figures just go to show the depressing merry-go-round of crime and re-offending. Reoffending rates have barely changed in a decade, and it's clear we need to do things differently.
"'I'm going to be setting out soon the Government's plans for how we intend to do just that, by better rehabilitating offenders so that they don't just carry on committing crimes and leaving more victims in their wake."