Guernsey States asked for money to fund prison learning

Geoff Mahy
Image caption Deputy Mahy said the aim was to cut the number of repeat offenders

The States of Guernsey has been asked to put £405,000 towards a new programme to equip prisoners with life skills and cut down on the number of reoffenders.

Home Minister Geoff Mahy said a learning and skills facility at Les Nicolles Prison would equip inmates to live crime free and useful lives.

He said: "The vision... is a working prison that enables prisoners to gain learning skills and work skills.

"Ensuring value for money whilst treating people decently and fairly."

Deputy Mahy said: "[It will] help reduce reoffending and provide a secure environment to protect the public."

The proposal is due to be debated by the States in January.

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