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Former prisoners said they were not convinced of the benefits of the new "pay by results" scheme that will see private companies run probation and other services for former prisoners.
One former prisoner told ITV the pilot scheme he was part of was "too bureaucratic" and case workers had to spend too much time doing paper work, and had less time to spend mentoring. He said:
"The process that they have to go through is probably not going to get the results they expect"
Harry Fletcher, from the National Association of Probation Officers, said the idea of mentors was "excellent" but he thought it would never happen because of the sheer numbers needed to make it work. He told the BBC:
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the new mentor scheme for prisoners in England will support offenders to get their lives back together. He said:
"The bit that is missing at the moment, is the real focus on stopping people reoffending, we may organise a community penalty, we may put someone in jail, but actually, there is not nearly enough focus on making sure they don't reoffend after."
Offenders should be "met at the prison gate" by mentors who can help them escape a life of crime, the Justice Secretary will say today.
Chris Grayling will today set out plans for a major extension of mentoring provided by voluntary groups and private companies on a payment-by-results basis.
In a speech, he will decry the "tragedy" of prisoners leaving jail with no idea how to get their lives back on track.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling will today outline plans to cut re-offending and get prisoners lives back on track.
He will announce plans to open up rehabilitation services to private companies and charities who will be paid by results.
In a speech Mr Grayling will expand on David Cameron's pledge for tougher sentencing and more rehabilitation.