George Freeman MP is in full support of prisoner work scheme at Wayland
27th September 2012
In May this year it was reported that the level of reoffending had reached a record high, with 90% of those sentenced in England and Wales having been previously convicted. But for a great example of how we can tackle this issue of reoffending at the front line we need look no further than Wayland Prison near Watton and its innovative schemes for getting prisoners into work and helping out in their communities.
This is my second trip to Wayland Prison and I once again left feeling very proud of the great work they are doing to encourage more prisoners to get into the habit of working before their release. During my visit I was shown around the prison training areas where the courier company DHL already operates a pick-and-pack workshop on site, and now employs 100 ex-prisoners full-time, while another local company has recently onshored it’s recycling of electrical technology components back from China to Wayland, which is a great achievement. I also visited the innovative drug-free wing, which inmates have volunteered for and help to police. It has such a great morale and serves as a strong reminder of the importance of getting drugs out of our prisons and the urgent need for new approaches.
Andy Wright, the Head of Training and Industry Liaison at Wayland, along with Jason Moore and the Prison Governor Steven Rodford OBE, are doing really fabulous work linking Wayland up with local companies. I fully support this initiative and through The Norfolk Way scheme will advertise this important opportunity to businesses in my constituency. I will also continue to promote in Parliament the work at Wayland as best practice for prisons across the country.
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For another recent example of how Wayland Prison is connecting with its local community click here