Press release

Welsh Secretary: “Breaking the re-offending cycle must be at the heart of the criminal justice system”

Stephen Crabb sees rehabilitation in action at HMP Prescoed in Usk

The UK Government’s efforts to improve rehabilitation will reduce reoffending, cut crime and make our streets safer, Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb said today during a visit to HMP Prescoed (4 December).

Mr Crabb was joined on the visit to the prison in Usk by David Davies MP to see how its resettlement programmes are helping to reduce rates of reoffending in Wales.

HMP Prescoed provides over 100 prisoners a day with the opportunity to engage in community-based resettlement activities including education, training and employment. The prisoners have access to a number of classes ranging from computer studies and literacy to life and social skills – with all classes focused on providing the skills that will benefit them after prison.

With 30 prisoners in full-time paid work and another 20 involved with ‘The Clink’ training restaurant in Cardiff, prisoners are being provided with the necessary skills to help them reintegrate into the community when they are released.

Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb said:

Breaking the cycle of reoffending needs to be right at the heart of the criminal justice system.

The programmes in place at Prescoed prison are equipping prisoners with the education and life skills they need to secure a job and integrate back into society.

This will help cut reoffending rates and create a safer society with fewer victims of crime in Wales.