A strong case may be made for the potential benefits of a scheme that provides prisoners with a productive activity and a route to employment after release. NOMS recognises the importance of physical education in supporting offenders to deal with their violent behaviour and concentrates its resource on its existing range of sporting activities and support programmes with a clear evidence base already available in prisons that effectively deal with many of the benefits associated with sports of this nature and prisoners reintegrating back into the community. I have decided not to progress this particular proposal in prisons.
I am also alive to the risk that a prisoner might use what he learns to inflict violence on other prisoners and staff.
I do however fully appreciate the positive impact that being a member of a sports club on release can give. The National Offender Management Service is keen to discuss options for how they can improve links between Boxing England and prisons so that prisoners can benefit upon release.