Reoffending

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 13th November 2012.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd Conservative, Hastings and Rye 11:30 am, 13th November 2012

What plans he has to introduce a payment by results scheme to reduce reoffending.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

By 2015, I intend to apply payment by results to the majority of rehabilitation work conducted with offenders in the community. Providers will be commissioned to rehabilitate offenders, and those who are successful at reducing reoffending will be rewarded. I will announce detailed proposals shortly.

Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd Conservative, Hastings and Rye

Studies such as the recent report from the Prison Reform Trust show that women have higher rates of reoffending. Will my right hon. Friend update the House on plans to divert women from custody in the first place, particularly those with short sentences?

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

I do agree. One of the first prisons I visited was Holloway. I saw at first hand the very different challenge we face with women offenders. One of the earliest steps I took was to separate ministerial responsibility for men and women in our prisons, asking the Under-Secretary of State for Justice, my hon. Friend Mrs Grant to take on the role of Minister with responsibility for women in prisons, and to look at whether we are getting the regime right and how we should adapt it to reflect the very different challenges we face with women in our prisons.