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Dorchester To Become A "Resettlement" Prison

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8:55am 5th July 2013

PCC Martyn Underhill has welcomed the Justice Secretary’s plans for Dorchester to become a ‘resettlement prison’, so offenders can be held close to their home before release.

 Yesterday cabinet Minister Chris Grayling announced a nationwide network of 70 resettlement prisons. The reforms will allow prisoners a smoother passage to the outside world in the hope of reducing their chances of returning to crime.

 Mr Underhill said: This is welcome news for Dorset. It means prison staff at Dorchester can begin working towards prisoner’s rehabilitation in the community from the moment they arrive in prison. This is a significant step forward in tackling re-offending and will offer support to all offenders.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: Rehabilitation in the community must begin behind the prison walls and follow offenders through the gates if we are to stand a chance of freeing them from a life of crime.

The 70 jails designated to hold pre-release prisoners also include Portland, which will cater for Gloucestershire, Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Trials of the scheme will begin in the North West in the autumn with full roll-out across England and Wales by autumn 2014.

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