Friday, May 4, 2012

Hire More Former Prisoners, Says Clarke

The Government wants high street businesses to hire more former prisoners and help get more ex-offenders into work.

Forty major firms will be invited to Downing Street later this month to hear the plans which are the brainchild of Justice Secretary Ken Clarke.

Mr Clarke insists the businesses, including household names such as Virgin and Marks & Spencer, can hire ex-offenders without damaging their reputation or values.

He said they should be given the chance and support to sort out their lives after leaving jail.

There is "no reason" why profits from prisoners' work should not be used to pay for the prisons that house them, he said. Read More