Conservative Party conference: ‘Transforming lives: prisoner rehabilitation’

Reform convened a private roundtable, led by Sam Gyimah MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prisons and Probation, on the topic ‘Transforming lives: prisoner rehabilitation’.

The new Government has committed to continuing its ambitious prison reform programme. Tackling high reoffending rates will remain an important focus. Reoffending rates for adult offenders have barely shifted in a decade, with the latest available data showing one in four people re-enter the criminal justice system. The cost to victims, offenders and the Exchequer are enormous.

More effective rehabilitation services will be key to achieving better outcomes. The role of education and training, therapy, addiction treatment, stable housing and employment support, inside and outside prison walls, is crucial. Closing old prisons and investing in building a modern prison estate is essential to ensuring interventions can be delivered effectively. Success also requires prison and probation services to be joined-up. Evidence shows that continuity of contact and consistent case management leads to more positive offender engagement and a reduced likelihood of reoffending. Although much has been made of ‘through-the-gate’ provision, more needs to be done to make it a reality. With prison governor autonomy being piloted through Reform Prisons, the potential to enable greater join-up with local probation services is significant.

This event was held in partnership with Interserve:

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3 October 2016
15.30 - 16.30