State censured for its 'inaction plan' to reduce reoffending

A former Home Office adviser turned charity chief executive has accused the Government of bottling out of tackling the social causes of re-offending.

Julian Corner, co-author of the Social Exclusion Unit's 2002 report that informed the Government's new Reducing Re-offending Action Plan and now chief of the Revolving Doors Agency, said: "I am dismayed to have been involved in this failure of strategy and joined-up working."

He said the report represented "an enormous failure of nerve by the Government ... Tackling this problem requires a serious effort to address the social causes of re-offending - mental health, poverty and family breakdown. This plan fails on every count."

The plan, published in July, contains 60 "action points" to support the rehabilitation of offenders, but Corner says they are really 60 "inaction points".

"If it takes four years for government to get this far, it is clear just how little commitment there is."

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