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Prisoners: Rehabilitation

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps her Department has taken to ensure that more prisoners leave prison with an identified employment, education or training outcome.

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

The government is committed to ensuring that prisoners gain the skills and qualifications they need so that they come out of prison better able to find work, better able to support their families and ready to turn their lives around.

To ensure prisoners are prepared for life on release, from April 2017 governors will be measured on the rates of sustainable employment, including apprenticeships, and education in the period following release.

To help governors to meet the standards to reform offenders and prepare prisoners for life on release, we are giving them freedom to design their regime to meet local delivery needs and target education, training and work in prisons to match the skills and qualifications prisoners need in the local labour market. Over 2017 and 2018, we will give governors control of the education budget to enable this. Prisoners could also, for example, work shift patterns to deliver new commercial contracts.

Progress made in maths and English will also be measured, starting with qualifications gained from April 2017 and we are introducing testing on entry and exit in the longer term.

In our Employment and Education Strategy, which will be published later this year, we will outline our plans to support prisoners in gaining the skills and experience they need to prepare them for employment on release.

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