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that's rather good. The provision of keeping them on for at least two years especially. And the idea of getting them into work as they leave custody, which I kinda can't believe wasn't a thing already?
Because so many employers won't go near ex-offenders. And you can see why but of course a fair number of these are teenagers who did something a bit stupid when they were young or grew up in an environment where certain crimes were normal (I once interviewed someone to put forward for a construction job and they cheerfully told us how they "did" someone who upset them as though it was a perfect rational step!) and a job at the right time could be enough to set them in the right direction...
and gaining skills and experience (in prison) makes them more employable.
The second is true in theory but doesn't change the fact that there's still very few companies who will employ them.
and courses in prisons are being axed at a rapid rate and have been for years.
No but seriously, let's just have less people sent to prison overall and more people working in prison and her majesty can hold their (same as local rate) wages on trust to help them sort their lives when they get out. Then work schemes like this could be properly effective.
I'm always a bit iffy about 'here have some money' schemes because a lot of companies are good at changing their practices superficially for as long as whatever government scheme lasts, so it won't necessarily create any long term cultural shift.
I guess if it works in tandem with other policies that would be good. It wouldn't be like Cameron to shit all over any Ken Clarke progressive policies though would it?
I'm all for it.