Prisons: Overcrowding — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords on 10th December 2008.

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Photo of Lord Corbett of Castle Vale Lord Corbett of Castle Vale Labour

My Lords, I thank the Minister for what he has just said about the extra investment in the probation service. Can he confirm that it is the Government's intention, as far as they can, to put far more emphasis on rehabilitation and preventing reoffending, because this is where too much of the money goes down the drain at the moment? I agree with him exactly about locking up people who have been convicted of violent offences, but should not the emphasis now be more on prevention and then rehabilitation by investment in services like the probation services and voluntary organisations which have contracts to support the work that they are trying to do in prisons and beyond?