David Burrowes highlights the importance of family support for offenders leaving prison

20th March 2017
Speaking in a debate on the Prisons and Courts Bill, David Burrowes highlights the importance of family support for offenders leaving prison to prevent them reoffending.
 

Will my hon. Friend, whose professional background is similar to mine, comment on the need for offenders leaving prison not to go into the arms of drug dealers, which leads to further reoffending, but to go into the arms of a loved one or family members, so that that relationship can give them ongoing support and help them not to reoffend?

 

I was going to touch on that point later in my speech, but I will deal with it now. Members on both sides of the House have talked about the importance of that. The hon. Member for Bridgend talked about a 51% reduction in reoffending—I would be interested to hear where that figure comes from. The hon. Member for Stretford and Urmston (Kate Green) mentioned a 39% reduction, and I believe that that figure was drawn from research instigated and conducted by the Ministry of Justice in 2008. I am interested in both those figures.

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