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."
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Matthew Hedges, 31, was handed his sentence on Wednesday after his third court appearance since his arrest in Dubai Airport on May 5.
The former Wales captain, who played for French team Toulouse for three years, was a victim of a homophobic assault in Cardiff last week.
The crash occurred in June 2017.