Moves to tackle Doncaster prison reoffenders

HMP Doncaster Prison.

HMP Doncaster Prison.

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A competition was launched today to find organisations from Doncaster and across the region to turn offenders’ lives around, as part of a package of rehabilitation contracts that could be worth around £13million a year.

Currently 60.2 per cent of prisoners released after serving sentences of less than 12 months, commit further offences within a year - that’s a further 2,525 crimes between them a year.

The Ministry of Justice has now launched a competition to find organisations from the town, and across the region, to turn offenders’ lives around, as part of a package of rehabilitation contracts that could be worth around £13 million a year.

The money will be awarded to a Community Rehabilitation Company which will be owned and run by private and voluntary sector providers who will work together with the public sector and local organisations to drive down reoffending. They will only be paid in full if they are successful.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Today marks a crucial step forward to finally cracking our stubbornly high reoffending rates. Each year around 600,000 crimes are committed by those who have already broken the law – that is a dreadful figure and I am determined to bring it down. “The scale of interest in these contracts from so many diverse and creative organisations is extremely encouraging.”