Offenders: Employment

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Lord Bradley Lord Bradley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people of working age leaving prison obtained employment following release in the last year for which information is available.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

Based on matched MOJ-DWP data on the proportion of working age adult offenders released from prison in 2011/12, 17% were in employment 12 months after release from custody.

More recent data from 2014/15 indicates that at a national level, 26.5% of prisoners were entering employment upon release, but this data was self-reported and we don’t have a split in this rate for length of sentence served.

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