Many offenders get no support at all, says Grayling
9 May 2013 Last updated at 10:11 BST
The government has set out plans to increase support and supervision for people released from prisons in England and Wales.
All former inmates will be supervised for at least a year with charities and private companies paid according to how well they prevent re-offending.
Senior members of the Probation Service, which will continue to monitor high risk offenders, have criticised the new plans as "untried and untested".
The Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, said the new system had been successfully piloted areas of the UK.