Grayling's Good Start
Graham Allen has welcomed the Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling's objective in ensuring that effective transition of an offender to a normal life starts from the prison gate is to be welcomed.
Graham said "The next step is to go further upstream and improve the social and emotional skills of offenders while they are in prison so that every released prisoner will be better able to maximise the opportunities being offered not to re offend"
"In addition joined up government led by Justice should reach back even earlier to stop offending behaviour developing in babies, children and young people in the first place, by cross governmental efforts to take proven early intervention programmes to scale".
He continued "Finally effective help for newly released fathers will significantly improve the chances of their children being properly parented and thereby breaking the intergenerational cycle of offending. The philosophy is right and early interveners should work with it to ensure the long term reduction in the supply of offending behaviour".