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MP Calls For Clarification Over The Future Of Portland YOI

Drax And Prisons Minister

9:27am 12th December 2013

South Dorset's MP has called for confirmation that Portland YOI will be made into a new resettlement prison.

Richard Drax has met with Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Jeremy Wright.

Mr Drax was speaking on behalf of several interested parties who work with the resettlement of prisoners including the current Governor and Dorset Probation Service.

Mr Drax told Wessex FM: 'As prisoners reach the end of their term, it is important that they should live as close to their friends and families as possible. Research has shown that they are more likely to succeed in the outside world and less likely to reoffend with a good support system in place. That only happens if the support system is relatively close to home.'
'The last prison before their release - the resettlement prison - is therefore of the utmost importance to prisoner rehabilitation. If we can keep ours in Dorset, it will help enormously.'

'I am glad to say that the Minister was listening and understood our point. He will give us his answer in the New Year.'

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