A minimum of 12 months supervision in the community must be served by every offender leaving prison, the Justice Secretary announced today.
All offenders who enter prison, even for just a few days, will be subject to the new supervision, Chris Grayling said.
They will also be given support into housing, employment, training and substance abuse programmes.
The new reforms will be rolled out across England and Wales by 2015, around offenders, serving sentences of up to two years, will receive extended rehabilitation.
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