by Steve Beasant on September 25, 2012
Liberal Democrats have today called for more to be done to reduce repeat offending by improving further the rehabilitation of offenders and give them the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a fruitful career instead of a life of crime.
Commenting, the mover of the motion, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, Mike Crockart, said:
“Rehabilitation is vital to the reduction of repeat offending. By providing offenders with the skills and support needed to find real jobs once they have served their sentence, we are providing them with a way out of a life of crime and prison.
“Currently, the probation and rehabilitation services are dominated by a few large companies – they should be made subject to Freedom of Information request. At the same time, not enough is done to address illiteracy nor is there enough support for offenders with mental health problems.
“Liberal Democrats believe we need to do right by our communities by preventing repeat offending through a rigorous and tough approach to rehabilitation. As part of this, more effort should be made by the Government to open up the process to small firms which are closely linked to their communities and will create jobs in their area.
“More should be done in prisons to address literacy and life skills in preparation for the end of an offender’s sentence. Prisons should be held to account for their failure to prevent re-offending through introducing a model of payment-by-result. Only when prisons are able to play their part in preventing re-offending can they be said to work.”