Prisons shake-up: Justice Secretary

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."

– CHRIS GRAYLING MP, JUSTICE SECRETARY

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Shake-up for SW prisons

Seven jails in the South West could be turned into 'settlement' prisons, and would see the majority of offenders released from prisons in, or close to, the area in which they live, under plans announced by the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.