Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has emphasised the government's plans to "harness the mentoring skills of the voluntary sector" in an effort to stop prisoners re-offending.
No extra funding will be allocated to the project, but Grayling said that this was "a classic example of where the public sector needs to do more for less."
"We need a [probation] system that is less bureaucratic, more focussed on delivery, and I think that by driving down the costs that we have, we can release the funds that we need."
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