Rehabilitation in the community must begin behind the prison walls and follow offenders out through the gates if we are to stand a chance of freeing them from a life of crime.
Currently a local area could expect to receive offenders from dozens of prisons across the country - this is hopeless.
It is little wonder we have such high reoffending rates when you have a prisoner leaving HMP Liverpool, given a travel permit to get them home to the south coast, and then expected to simply get on with it.
This approach is a significant step forwards in our reforms to tackle reoffending and lays the groundwork for building a genuine nationwide network of 'through the gate' supervision and support for all offenders."
More top news
The number of people seeking help with mental health issues after they leave the armed forces is rising here in the West Country.
A recruitment drive to double the number of part-time soldiers in our Armed Forces is falling short of Government targets.
Romance is in the air at a Cornish sea life sanctuary this winter, as a jilted penguin has finally found love with a new mate.