PM urges 'more for less' on jails

David Cameron is to announce a new crime initiative to help offenders turn their lives around

David Cameron is to announce a new crime initiative to help offenders turn their lives around

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The Government and prison system must "do more for less" to break the cycle of criminals reoffending, David Cameron has said.

Ahead of a major speech in which the Prime Minister will announce a "rehabilitation revolution" under which virtually all prisoners will receive help turning their lives around, he insisted a shortage of money was not an issue.

Instead, a major extension of payment-by-results for companies, charities and voluntary groups who help offenders escape a life of crime will refocus resources into bringing down reoffending rates, he said.

Speaking on a visit to Wormwood Scrubs prison in west London, Mr Cameron said: "We have got to do more for less. Every place here costs £40,000, there are 600 staff that work in this prison - it's not a shortage of money, it's that we haven't been focusing people on what really matters, which is the results."

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