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Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

24. To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of prison in reducing reoffending. (323408)

Prison plays a crucial role in punishing and reforming the most serious, dangerous and persistent offenders. There is a range of programmes in prisons to help reduce the level of reoffending, and there is considerable international evidence to support their effectiveness.