We have invested significantly to boost prison capacity to meet a rising prison population.

We are also committed to putting offenders on a better path in life and ensuring they don’t reoffend. The Government is making a record investment in rehabilitation and reintegration – with a focus on education and employment.

Getting prisoners off drugs and alcohol, giving them an education and providing them with practical skills so they can find a job will reduce their chances of reoffending. This means safer communities, less crime and fewer repeat offenders clogging up our courts and prisons.