Businesses urged to give ex-offenders a 'leg up' by employing them

Businesses are to be offered financial incentives if they employ ex-offenders under ambitious new plans being unveiled by the justice secretary.The inmate education and employment strategy will give individual prison governors full autonomy to tailor their programmes to meet the needs of employers in their local area.Prison officers have voiced concerns that recent staffing cuts will make it extremely difficult to supervise the programme in some jails.Sky News was given access to HMP Standford Hill in Kent to see the new programme in action.