Moving on after a jail sentence is something many former prisoners find difficult - re-offending, housing and finding work all problems.
We asked five ex-offenders about their experiences. Click on the names below to read their comments in full.
I have been outside, but I don't like it
MICKY HAMMOND, 31, BASILDON: RELEASED FEBRUARY 2006
Micky's main priorities are finding a job, a place to live and avoiding a repeat of his past mistakes.
Prison is a 'very, very boring place'
He has been in prison "about 10 times" for driving offences, or theft "to get drugs", which he says he has stopped using.
The 31-year-old feels he has "wasted 10 years", including some away from his young daughter, but is confident that he can move on now.
"I'm not an old man - I can still achieve. I don't want the world, I just want to be comfortable and happy now."
He was released from Edmunds Hill jail, Suffolk, a