Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Conservative, Tewkesbury

What steps he is taking to improve the rehabilitation of offenders on release from prison.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Everyone leaving prison should have the tools they need to avoid a life of crime, including a job, a home and treatment for substance misuse issues.

Offenders typically have complex needs, many of which drive offending. The prison and probation system provides an opportunity to address these, but we also need a concerted effort across Government to rehabilitate individuals on release from prison.

For example, we are working with NHS England to develop their care after custody service, RECONNECT, to engage and support more people into treatment upon release.

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