The cost of reoffending has been laid bare today. New analysis by the charity Unlocked Graduates has revealed that each former prisoner who reoffends costs a staggering £600,000 a year to the economy. It is ordinary taxpayers who foot most of this bill, so it is in everybody’s interest to address the damage done by reoffending.
Of 56,000 prisoners released each year, only four in ten end up in jobs or training – which substantially reduces risk of committing another crime.
ALL of Britain’s biggest firms should hire an ex-offender to save at least £1billion a year, campaigners say.
Out of 56,000 prisoners released from jail every year – only four in ten – or 24,000 – end up in jobs or training.
The government is backing a new scheme to get graduates working in the prison service, only days after disturbances at HMP Birmingham.
Graduates will work alongside frontline staff after an intensive training course in the summer and complete a master’s degree at the same time.
Trainees will earn £20,545 – a prison officer’s starting salary – during the two-year scheme in England and Wales.
Our jails are at capacity and reoffending rates sky high. But a new graduate recruitment scheme that puts rehabilitation at its core offers real hope.
As the disturbances in Birmingham showed, our prison system is in urgent need of improvement. The justice secretary is surely right to emphasise the need both to restore stability and deliver reform. The recruitment of 2,500 extra prison officers will help make prisons the secure places expected by the public – and deliver the stability we need if reform is to become a reality.
The Secretary of State for Justice backs Unlocked’s mission to raise the status of prison officers and to bring down reoffending rates.
Prison officers are the unsung heroes of the public sector and society should value the incredibly challenging and complex nature of their job, according to Unlocked, an independent charity which is launching a new scheme to encourage high-flying graduates to join the prison service.