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Prisoner probation plan attacked

Senior probation officers have criticised the Government's plans for every offender leaving prison to serve a minimum of 12 months under supervision in the community.

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Ex-prisoner describes 'absolutely vital support'

A former prisoner and drug addict has told ITV News that accessing support when he left prison saved his life.

Keith W said he didn't like the term "supervision" but described his experience leaving prison and immediately being arrested again for drug offences before he accessed ex-prisoner support services to help him beat his drug addiction.

"It is absolutely imperative to have support...If you ask 90% of addicts then they will say they want to live their life drug free and clean but I stay clean through a fellowship of other addicts."

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