On 15 January 2013, Liberal Democrat Lord Carlile of Berriew led a debate on retraining and work programmes for prisoners.
In October 2012 the government announced that every prisoner released in England and Wales should have a mentor to help get his or her life back on track.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the plan would be co-ordinated by private and voluntary sector groups who would be paid if re-offending was reduced.
Only those who are jailed for more than a year are currently provided with opportunities to join rehabilitation programmes. The government says it wants all but the highest-risk prisoners to be in programmes by the end of 2015.