Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has launched the new enterprise ONE3ONE Solutions with a mission to increase the productive, commercial work done by prisoners.
ONE3ONE Solutions will win and manage contracts for work for prisoners with both the public and private sectors. As well as expanding the scope for prisoners to rehabilitate, increasing prison work will provide an opportunity to generate reparation and rehabilitation funds.
Operating to a Code of Practice that will continue to ensure work is sourced and charged for fairly and that prisoners are not exploited, ONE3ONE will look for opportunities to support businesses and jobs in the community. The ONE3ONE Solutions website has more information on what they can offer to businesses, details of who is already involved and the sound business reasons for working with prisons.
Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said:
'Prisons punish. That is quite right. Society has every right to expect that those who harm it seriously enough will go to prison and be punished by a loss of their liberty. Once there they will and should be treated with decency and respect.
'But it is not in society’s interest to be harmed again and again by the same people. Prisons can not be mere warehouses with revolving doors. Prisons should give prisoners a decent chance to reform themselves and begin to make changes for the better, helping them to be released back into society as decent, tax-paying, individuals. Prisoners must come to know what it is to contribute to and not damage their communities. That must start in prison and continue outside.'
Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt said:
'Prisons will become places of meaningful, productive work, with many more prisoners working full working weeks. I have visited flourishing businesses working with prisons, making use of the unique benefits such a relationship brings. Building on these examples, we will deliver more, better.
Working in prisons is good for business, good for prisoners and good for society. I urge businesses to find out from ONE3ONE Solutions what they can offer.'