Re-offending rates have barely changed in a decade with more than 58% of prisoners serving fewer than 12 months committing further crime within a year of release.
Because of this, the Government is to undertake the biggest re-organisation of the prison system in more than 20 years:
- A network of around 70 "resettlement prisons" will be created so nearly all offenders are released into the area in which they will live and be supervised
- This will make it harder for offenders to move homes while they are under supervision to ensure continuity in the support they receive
- England and Wales will be divided into 21 areas, which align with local authorities and Police and Crime Commissioner areas
- Private and voluntary sector organisations will then be invited to bid for work in these areas