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Support for ex-offenders inquiry


Committee report

The Work and Pensions Committee opens an inquiry into the housing and employment support available for offenders on their release from prison.

Written submissions are invited addressing the following points:

  • How are prisoners helped to find employment; is support available both pre and post-release?
  • What benefit payments are available on discharge from prison and how long does it take to access those benefits?
  • Do the employment and education programs available in prisons prepare prisoners for formal employment?
  • What support do offenders receive to help them find suitable accommodation on leaving prison?
  • What are the impacts of factors such as homelessness and unemployment on the propensity to re-offend?