Our current method of reintegrating prisoners into society is a disaster. It is no wonder that we have high reoffending rates when at the end of their sentence prisoners are released on the streets to fend for themselves. They do get some support but not enough. In an environment where they carry the stigma of their conviction it is hard for them to get a job and provide the income needed to re-establish themselves. Some are lucky enough to come back to supportive families, many don’t. I propose that funding be made available to support prisoners for at least a year after release. That would include:
- Accommodation, food, clothing, etc.
- Life skills training – everything from how to wash your clothes to how to apply for a job, whatever they need to be a self-sufficient, law abiding citizen
- Help to integrate into social networks – particularly those that would otherwise find themselves back in their old criminal networks otherwise.