Prison Efforts To Cut Re-Offending 'Not Working'


Efforts made by prisons in England and Wales to cut re-offending are not working, according to an inspection report. The damning report also claims the majority of prison staff do not understand what is required to meet the targets set under the Government proposals. A study of 21 prisons by Liz Calderbank, chief inspector of probation, and Nick Hardwick, chief inspector of prisons, found little progress has been made in offender management and a fundamental review is needed. It comes as the Government rolls out its Transforming Rehabilitation reforms, including plans for a nationwide "through the prison gate" resettlement service, which would see most offenders given continuous support by one provider from custody into the community. In a joint statement, the chief inspectors said: "We have come to the reluctant conclusion that the offender management model, however laudable its aspirations, is not working in prisons.