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Crime Prevention

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 13th February 2006.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East 2:30 pm, 13th February 2006

I recently visited HMP Ashfield near my constituency. I was concerned when I met some 17-year-old lads there to discover that they were due for release in a couple of weeks and that, as yet, the prison authorities have not arranged any accommodation for them to go to on their release. I was even more concerned to hear that there is an 82 per cent. reoffending rate at the institution. Does my hon. Friend agree that there is a direct correlation between those two points and can she assure me that the Government's new plans will address that?