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Lord McNally repeats a statement on rehabilitation of offenders

On 9 January 2013, Justice Minister Lord McNally repeated a statement on the rehabilitation of offenders.

The statement on proposals to transform rehabilitation services was made earlier in the Commons by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

Under the proposals, private firms and voluntary groups will be invited to run probation services in order to cut reoffending rates in England and Wales.

Mr Grayling told MPs the contracts will be based on payment by results, but "high-risk" cases will continue to be supervised by public sector organisations.

At present, most released prisoners and people serving community sentences are managed by the public sector probation service - provided by 35 trusts across England and Wales.

Labour has said there is "universal agreement" on the need to do more to reduce reoffending, but warn that opening up the probation service to the private sector could threaten public safety.

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