Prisons system changes announced: Prisoners held near home
4 July 2013 Last updated at 10:37 BST
The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a network of resettlement jails as part of a shake-up of the prisons system.
Under the changes, the majority of offenders will spend the final months of their sentence in prisons close to the area where they will live.
A total of 70 existing jails across England and Wales will become resettlement centres with a pilot beginning in the north west of England this autumn.
The Justice Minister Damian Green explained how the changes would work.