A pioneering scheme has failed to meet its target to cut reoffending, new statistics show.
The pilot project has seen charities such as Sova and St Giles Trust help to resettle offenders released from HMP Peterborough.
And while their work supporting around 1000 prisoners has seen reoffending drop by 8.4 per cent, this is just short of the 10 per cent target.
However, the Ministry of Justice remains optimistic about the scheme and claims that the initiative is on course to hit its second target of cutting reoffending rates across 2000 prisoners by 7.5 per cent.
There is also encouraging news emerging from a similar scheme being run at HMP Doncaster. There the intervention of charities has actually seen a greater fall in reoffending than was hoped for.
Despite the mixed picture, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and Justice Minister Simon Hughes have said they are committed to breaking the cycle of crime and were pleased by the initial results of the new approach.
Writing in the Guardian newspaper, the MPs admitted that the current system does not do enough to help people turn their lives around.
They said: “Our reforms to rehabilitation can deal with one of the greatest failings of the system we inherited – where there are more and more victims as a result of the same people committing crime over and over again.
“High reoffending rates have dogged successive governments for decades. Our two parties, working together in the national interest, are finally tackling this historic failing head on.”
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