While the Ministry of Justice focus on rehabilitation is welcome, today's announcement reflects the fact that these reforms are designed to meet political and ideological goals - not to improve public safety or deliver better value for the taxpayer.
The Government's efforts to ensure the vast majority of prisoners are released into their local area seem rooted in good intentions.
But attempting to shoehorn overcrowded jails into arbitrarily-drawn and oversized contract areas, simply to ease the privatisation process, will create serious problems unless we reduce the number of people our prisons are holding."
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After a weekend of heavy rain and high winds, the West Country has been told to brace for another bout of bad weather.
The Environment Agency has issued its highest flood warning for Portreath - saying that lives are at risk in the area.
A weekend of bad weather is due to hit the South West from today (6 February). The Met Office and Environment Agency have issued warnings.