Due to the new plans of the MoJ, while still serving their sentences, male prisoners would have the right to be moved close to the place where they live.
By the autumn of 2014 most male prisoners have to be moved into new “resettlement jails” created from old already existing prisons.
This change will be in force for those prisoners who are sentenced to 12 months less. Others with longer sentences will go to resettlement jails not earlier than three months before they are released.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced that the aim of the proposed changes is to help prisoners in their rehabilitation process. After they are released, they might need to start their own business, which requires a wide variety of business document templates and of course if they are willing to employ people, many employment documents should take place.
“Rehabilitation in the community must begin behind the prison walls and follow offenders out through the gates if we are to stand a chance of freeing them from a life of crime,” he said.
MoJ stated that the number of prisons releasing adult male prisoners is currently 100 and the expected number for the future is 11.
According to Paul McDowell, the proposed changes were good but there were still many things, which had to be done.
In his opinion, jails were not the best option for people serving short sentences. He considers they might improve their behaviour being in the community.
“But putting communities at the heart of the criminal justice system through the development of resettlement prisons is a step in the right direction.”
Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan, on the other hand, expressed her doubts about the effectiveness of the plans. She mentioned nobody had said how will the reorganization of the prisons be funded.
Later this year will become clear if women’s prisons will be included into a similar scheme.