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Dorset Police And Crime Commissioner Dismayed At Prison Closure

Martyn Underhill

12:25pm 4th September 2013

Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill has told Wessex FM he's disappointed and dismayed by the decision to close Dorchester Prison.

Mr Underhill says the decision comes as a surprise as 6 weeks ago HMP Dorchester was designated as a resettlement prison for the county's offenders.

"It would have allowed us to support the rehabilitation of offenders back into the local community and to reduce incidents of reoffending.

I am concerned that this decision will have a negative impact on the county's ability to proactively work with partners to rehabilitate offenders. It will also impact on future opportunities in restorative justice which provides insight to offenders on the impact of their crime whilst giving control back to victims.

I will be writing to the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to express my dismay at his decision and will be lobbying the government for clarity around future resettlement arrangements for Dorset in light of this decision."

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