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Government's criminal justice Green Paper welcomed

Welcoming Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke's announcement of a Green Paper Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing of Offenders, The Revd Dr Malcolm Brown, Director of the Church of England's Mission and Public Affairs Division, said:  

"The Government's proposals offer an approach which is courageous in seeking to change our over-reliance on imprisonment and sensible in exploring cost-effective measures to rehabilitate offenders.  If prisons are not overcrowded with people who ought to be punished or treated in the community, they will be more effective in working with those who need to be in custody. 

"We welcome the Government's commitment to integrated support for ex-prisoners on release to reduce the rate of re-offending.  This work is undertaken by many voluntary organisations, including those with a Christian basis, and it needs to be funded adequately and assessed appropriately if the Green Paper's strategy is to succeed."