Ex-offender Stephen Bishop
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Cumbria crime commissioner wants more done for ex-offenders

More needs to be done to help ex-prisoners avoid reoffending when they come out of jail, according to Cumbria's crime commissioner.

Richard Rhodes highlighted the success of projects like Gateway in Carlisle, which help former inmates to get work and keep a roof over their heads.

Mr Rhodes wants a national debate about boosting care for ex-offenders, many of whom, he says, run the risk of quickly returning to crime and costing the public purse £40,000 a year to keep in jail.

Look North's Alison Freeman reports.

  • 24 Mar 2014
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