Employment of People with Criminal Convictions - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:08 pm on 26 February 2024.

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Photo of Lord Bellamy Lord Bellamy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice 3:08, 26 February 2024

My Lords, I am pleased to say that the rate of prison leavers in employment six months after release almost doubled in the two years to March 2023, from 14% to over 30%. New Futures Network, the Prison Service’s specialist employment team, runs quarterly recruitment drives. These national campaigns have seen more than 200 employers and partners working with HMPPS to deliver more than 230 events in prison. Several other measures support the Government’s drive to get former prisoners into work.