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Rehabilitation of Offenders

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have gained employment having completed a (a) custodial sentence and (b) community service sentence in the last five years. (74740)

The information is as follows:

(a) Information on the numbers of prisoners leaving custody and entering employment, training or education is only available for the last four years, and is given in the table.

Outcomes for 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05 include those who attended FRESHSTART appointments at Jobcentre Plus, whereby prisoners who do not have a job or training place to go to on release are linked into employment, training and benefits advice and support immediately after release. Employment, training and education (ETE) outcomes for prisoners released before April 2005 can be separated only at disproportionate cost.

(b) Information on the numbers of offenders under the supervision of the National Probation Service (NFS) entering employment was not centrally collected prior to April 2005. In 2005-06 8,978 offenders under the supervision of the NPS gained employment or vocational training lasting four weeks or more. Only aggregate figures are available.

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Discharges

86,353

87,449

85,685

85,180

ETE outcomes (including FRESHSTART)

21,327

33,946

41,146

42,878

Employment Outcomes

21,833