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Minister praises prison funding scheme highlighted by MP

November 13, 2012 1:40 PM

Justice Minister, Chris Grayling has praised work being carried out at Peterborough Prison to prevent re-offending after the scheme was highlighted in the Commons by Cambridge MP Julian Huppert.

Julian visited the prison recently to learn more about the Social Impact Bond which provides funding to help prisoners integrate back into their communities.

He told Parliament today (Tuesday, November 13) that the full impact of the scheme on reoffending rates will not be known for four years.

Julian asked Mr Grayling: "What assessment has the Secretary of State made so far on the work being done? Has it reduced reoffending?"

Mr Grayling told him that although a detailed assessment had not yet been completed, "there are good grounds for believing that good work is being done and I will provide more information in due course."

Julian said later: "This is an excellent scheme which offers prisoners the help they need to pick up their lives again after leaving prison. Hopefully, in turn, this will prevent them from reoffending and ultimately save money.

"I was very impressed with this scheme when I visited the prison. It is vitally important that we provide support for prisoners on the outside and not leave them to their own devices, which as proved time and time again, just doesn't work."