Mandatory training for first time prisoners

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In my recent investigation I found that in London 100k criminals with at least two previous convictions have returned back to our courts in just the last two years. Does the Mayor agree with me that whether it's basic literacy or vocational programmes, arming people with skills and qualifications will help them into jobs and out of a life of criminality? Given the Mayor's responsibilities in relation to policing and crime in London, would the Mayor lobby government to give courts the powers to impose mandatory training or education, where appropriate, for first-timers going to prison?


Answer for Mandatory training for first time prisoners

Answer for Mandatory training for first time prisoners

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I wholeheartedly agree that education and employment are often fundamental to turning offenders' lives around and preventing reoffending. I believe that resources should be targeted to ensure all those who are motivated to change have access to appropriate programmes. As Mayor, I have used my powers and influence to ensure offenders have greater access to these opportunities, including Project Daedalus which provided an enhanced offer in Feltham YOI to first time offenders. This has been followed by £2.5 million investment through the European Social Fund to support young offenders into education and jobs. From spring 2015, for the first time all adult offenders leaving prison will receive statutory rehabilitation provision, which will include education, training and employment support.