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
Two students from a Gloucestershire school have been seriously injured after a coach brining them to a holiday centre crashed in France.
More than 200 people gathered in Bristol today to hunt for Pokemon characters together. Our Bob Cruwys joined them. All in a day's work....
The National Grid is delivering new equipment to Iron Acton substation. Drivers are being warned to expect delays