In the Media

New contract will ask prisoners for a promise to go straight

PUBLISHED February 7, 2006

Prisoners are to be asked to sign contracts on entering jail, pledging to try to go straight on release in return for help with jobs, accommodation, healthcare and benefits.

The scheme - mooted by the government's social exclusion unit in 2002 - is intended to help rehabilitate prisoners and focus their minds on forging crime-free lives.