Laura Sharman 08 September 2020

Government commits extra investment to house prison leavers

The Government has pledged that an extra 1,700 prison leavers will receive closer supervision under plans to extend the number of places in approved premises.

An extra 200 bedrooms will be created in probation hostels that are staffed all day, with £10m being spent on refurbishments and security.

The Government is also working in partnership with Southwark Council to build a new premise that will house 24 prison leavers. Offenders will have the chance to carry out some of the renovation work through a Handyman Scheme.

Prisons and probation minister, Lucy Frazer QC, said: ‘Approved Premises are vital for monitoring prison leavers - reducing the likelihood of them reoffending and helping to cut crime. They provide a stable base helping them access services, find jobs and start to turn their lives around.

’This extra investment in building and renovation, along with the improvements we’re already making to prisons and courts, will also put millions of pounds into the pockets of local tradespeople across the country.’

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