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23rd Septmeber 2016 - Islwyn MP says more should be done towards ‘rehabilitation revolution’

Islwyn MP says more should be done towards ‘rehabilitation revolution’Islwyn MP Chris Evans has said the Ministry of Justice’s ‘rehabilitation revolution’ is in danger of failure as a result of slow progress and budget cuts after a report by the Public Accounts Committee.

The report concludes the Ministry of Justice has yet to bring about the promised changes to rehabilitation which it must deliver while implementing other far-reaching reforms.

The Committee questions the effectiveness of changes to the system, for example the impact on reoffending of extending supervision to offenders sentenced for less than 12 months.

Recommendations made in the report call on the Ministry of Justice to report back on progress by the end of 2017 and provide performance data on rehabilitation services that is reliable and complete. It also calls on the Ministry to identify issues with reoffending rates among short term prisoners and set out clearly how it will tackle them.

Committee member Mr Evans said: ‘It is a national scandal that for so many prison is just a revolving door, particularly for those who are sentenced to short periods of less than 12 months. 

‘The Ministry of Justice must get a handle on this. They must show the Committee and the country that they can and will improve the way offenders are rehabilitated on release to put an end to the vicious cycle of crime in which so many are trapped. 

‘They must come up with new ideas and properly track their progress, and change what they are doing if no progress is being made. If they do not, their promise of a ‘rehabilitation revolution’ will become just another empty slogan.’

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