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MP questions ministers on employment for those leaving prison

March 9, 2016 12:39 PM

Greg Mulholland MP questioned justice ministers on what steps they are taking to get people into work after they leave prison.

Greg raised the issue in Justice Questions in the House of Commons, which gives MPs the opportunity to question ministers on a variety of issues, including the employment of prisoners after release.

Greg highlighted that employment is "the single biggest factor that prevents reoffending" and asked ministers if the Department of Justice was working with other Government departments, specifically the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), to support those leaving prison in finding work.

He also praised the changes made under the coalition Government in 2012, which prioritised rehabilitating prisoners and supporting them once they left prison.

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice Andrew Selousresponded that was "some very good cross-departmental working" which included working the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

Commenting after, Greg Mulholland MP said:

"It's important that we stop prisoners from reoffending through effectively rehabilitating them, and this includes supporting them in finding work after they leave prison. To do this, the Department of Justice must work closely with the DWP, and I am pleased the Minister is positive about this cross-departmental work.