Most freed prisoners ‘lacking home and job’

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Only one in six of prisoners in England and Wales have both somewhere to live and a job or training arranged when they are released, inspectors suggest.

A joint inspection into resettlement provision for adult prisoners followed 80 offenders when they left prison.

Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said it found the role of a prisoner’s family in their resettlement was being overlooked.

It was carried out by Ofsted and the prisons and probation inspectorates.

The inspection said family relationships were too often seen as a matter of “visits which could be reduced or increased according to an offender’s behaviour”.

‘Rebuild relationships’

Only 16% of the prisoners were found to have had lined up both employment or training and somewhere to live on the day they were released.


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