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Reoffending 'costs 10bn a year'

Reoffending by thousands of criminals serving short prison terms in England and Wales is costing the taxpayer up to £10bn a year, according to a new National Audit Office (NAO) report.

It found that many prisoners were spending all day in their cells, rather than being engaged in training and rehabilitation.

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett and former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair, discuss how efficiency savings can be made to the justice system and how to improve prisoner rehabilitation.


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