Hertfordshire prisoners to spend final months behind bars in county jail
PUBLISHED: 10:57 12 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:05 12 February 2014
Prisoners from Hertfordshire will be sent to the county’s only jail during their final months behind bars, it has been announced.
It follows a u-turn over plans to send Hertfordshire prisoners to Suffolk.
It has been announced they will go to HMP The Mount in Bovingdon, under the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme.
The news has been welcomed by the county’s police and crime commissioner, David Lloyd, who had lobbied for the move.
He said: “This is an excellent result for Hertfordshire.
“Getting prison leavers properly reintegrated back into the community is the best thing that can be done to stop them offending again.
“Housing, education, work and strong community ties are paramount as they can help steer ex-offenders away from a life of crime.
“Meanwhile, the authorities will also be better able to keep tabs on those prison leavers who are determined to go back to criminality.
“I will be writing to the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to thank him for this decision.”
And Chief Constable Andy Bliss said: “We already have an excellent operational relationship with the Governor and his team at The Mount Prison. It is, therefore, great news that The Mount will become Hertfordshire’s resettlement prison as it means that there is a greater chance that offenders from Hertfordshire can be offered targeted training and support whilst in prison with a programme focused on their re-integration into the local community upon release.”
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