New scheme will help ex-prisoners
THE Justice Secretary has launched a new scheme to help ex-offenders stay off the streets and away from crime.
David Gauke announced that Bristol, Leeds and Pentonville prisons would spearhead a £6 million pilot programme.
It is aimed at helping prisoners find and stay in stable accommodation and re-integrate into society.
Research shows that those who are homeless or in temporary accommodation are significantly more likely to re-offend within a year than those with a stable place to live, according to the Ministry of Justice.