Justice written question – answered on 5th February 2014.

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Photo of Mike Wood Mike Wood Labour, Batley and Spen

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of prisoners' (a) proximity to homes and (b) contact with their families on (i) success of resettlement and (ii) reduction in reoffending.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

According to the results of the Surveying Prisoner Crime Reduction survey published in 20131, receiving family visits during a prison sentence, and returning to live with family after completion of the sentence were indirectly associated with reoffending. 48% of prisoners who returned to live with their family reoffended within a year, compared to 61% of prisoners who did not. 47% of prisoners who received family visits reoffended within a year, compared to 68% of prisoners who did not.

A stable home is just one factor which contributes to reducing the likelihood of an offender reoffending upon release from prison. Having access to employment upon release is another. Our transforming rehabilitation proposals recognise that giving prisoners continuing support both in prison and in the community after their release means they are less likely to reoffend. We are therefore seeking to change the law to extend statutory supervision to all prisoners including those serving less than 12 months' imprisonment. We are also realigning the prison estate to enable most prisoners to be released from a prison in their home area in order to provide continuous 'through the gate' rehabilitative support. This will improve the rehabilitation of prisoners by ensuring they are released closer to home with the right support for their ongoing rehabilitation.

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