The rehabilitation of short-sentenced prisoners to cut crime and make communities safer was the focus of an ITV Tonight Programme on Thursday 6 December, at 7.30pm.
The programme looked at the work being done at Leeds prison and spoke to Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright about the rehabilitation revolution.
Leeds prison, which is at the forefront of this, works with external providers, including the St Giles Trust, to get offenders employment on release. Prison, probation, police and charity staff work collaboratively to target prolific offenders by addressing drug and alcohol dependency, family issues, housing and employment needs on the new resettlement wing.
Prisons Minister, Jeremy Wright said:
‘Tackling these prolific offenders, who can devastate communities, is key to the work we are doing to reduce reoffending.
‘I want to see more rehabilitation being done with the familiar faces that come back to prisons time and time again. Across the prison estate we need to deliver more effective rehabilitation of offenders though mentoring and better targeted support.’
The next steps of the rehabilitation revolution were announced by Secretary of State for Justice on 21 November 2012.