Its analysis has been labelled ‘devastating’ by crime prevention and prison reform groups. Prisoners are 13 times more likely to have been in care as a child and 14 times more likely to be unemployed than non-offenders More than half of all male prisoners, and over two thirds of female prisoners, have no qualifications. It calls for a national rehabilitation strategy, including a ‘going straight contract’ that convicted under-20s would be asked to sign. As part of the contract, prisoners would contribute to a fund that would compensate the victims of their crime, as well part-funding their own rehabilitation. Released prisoners should also be given a resettlement grant to help them get back on their feet, and tailored housing and benefits advice. view more: Enact Conveyancing Melbourne

After this report, no credible crime reduction strategy can ignore the key role of prisoners’ resettlement in cutting crime. The challenge is to give more support and supervision to ex-prisoners to reduce the number of people sent to prisons in the first place, and build on the success of youth crime prevention work in cutting the number of youngsters embarking on criminal careers. Tens of millions of pounds are being diverted from regeneration budgets to deal with inadequate supplies of water, electricity, gas and telecommunications, new research reveals. The study of the ‘utilities infrastructure’ for regeneration agency English Partnerships reveals how the problems have threatened the progress of development sites across the UK. There are harsh words for utility companies and their regulators – but also for public bodies such as regional development agencies.

Most RDAs have announced the nomination of their strategic sites, but few have considered and checked that they are really fully serviced. Where the problem has been addressed this has tended to be in a piecemeal fashion, dealing with individual cases as and when they arrive.

It claims, for example, that Yorkshire Forward’s economic strategy makes no reference to utilities or infrastructure issues, other than transport. Similarly, it says there is a shortage of utilities, particularly power, in the regeneration areas of Liverpool and east Manchester. The study, by consultants Vantagepoint, says utility companies and regulators are hindering the progress of vital regeneration and commercial projects. A lack of competition between utility companies is causing delays and additional costs. Jamie Fotheringham, senior consultant at Vantagepoint, said utility companies and public agencies had failed to engage with one another.