Reoffenders

Justice written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham PPS (Mr Mike O'Brien, Minister of State), Department for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent steps the Government has taken in co-operation with the Prison Service to reduce reoffending.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Reducing re-offending is a key priority for the Government. We are delivering this through our cross-Government strategy to reduce re-offending, supported by the significant increase in investment since 1997.

At the heart of our work to reduce re-offending, is the end to end case management of offenders which enables offenders to access the right services and interventions at the right time in their sentence and effectively re-integrate them back into the community. The Prison Service is engaging with a wide range of partners to tackle the accommodation, skills and employment, finance management and health disadvantages suffered by offenders. Interventions to tackle drug and alcohol problems are also being delivered in custody and the community.

Latest performance figures show that adult re-offending has been reduced by 6.9 per cent. comparing 2004 to 1997 against a predicted rate. This exceeds the 5 per cent. target set in the 2000 Spending Review.

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