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Prisoners' Release: Birth Certificates

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 16th February 2017.

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Photo of David Mackintosh David Mackintosh Conservative, Northampton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of making the presentation of birth certificates compulsory for UK-born residents leaving prison to help ensure that they have adequate ID for accessing benefits and other services.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The MoJ has not made such an assessment. Our work to improve resettlement of prisoners after release is to prioritise finding accommodation and employment and building a life free from crime.

We are carrying out a comprehensive review of the probation service to improve outcomes for offenders and communities. Public protection is our top priority and we will not hesitate to take the necessary action to make sure our vital reforms are being delivered to reduce reoffending, cut crime and prevent future victims.

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