Caroline Flint, Labour MP for Don Valley, has today highlighted the gaps in support for people leaving prison, as the Public Accounts Committee released a new report
Probation services are designed to protect the public, reduce reoffending, supervise offenders in the community, oversee their rehabilitation and ensure that offenders understand the impact of their crimes on victims.
The report finds that probation services are underfunded, fragile, and lacking the confidence of the courts. There has been no noticeable improvement in the support offered to offenders, and the Government has failed to reduce reoffending by as much as expected. The average number of reoffences committed by each reoffender is increasing.
Said Caroline: “It’s vital that people coming out of prison are supported coming back into society – it stops them from offending again. The rise in the number of reoffences committed is a warning that the current system is not working.
“The three prisons in Don Valley – Lindholme, Mooreland and Hatfield – on top of HMP Doncaster in the town centre – mean that we know how important it is to make sure people leaving prisons integrate back into our communities.
“Our report explores the concerns we have with the Government’s approach to the support offered to offenders. The Ministry of Justice pushed through their rehabilitation reforms at breakneck speed, to finalise contracts before the 2015 General Election.
“These services need to be properly planned, with the needs of prisoners and communities at its heart.”
You can read the report here.