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Three quarters of Britons would be happy to work with ex-prisoners, a new survey has found – FE News

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Three quarters of British adults (76 per cent) would feel comfortable working alongside security-vetted ex-prisoners, according to a new survey commissioned by leading think-tank the Center for Social Justice.

A poll of 2,000 people by Opinium also found that 85 per cent of Britons would support prison-leavers being offered jobs after release.
However, despite the UK’s record number of job vacancies, many ex-prisoners face complex barriers limiting their access to the labor market – only 16 per cent of prisoners are employed six weeks after release and, more shockingly, only 23 per cent after six months.

The Center for Social Justice says there is a strong case for further improvements in the employment outcomes of those leaving prison, apart from welcome recent government initiatives such as the introduction of prison employment advisory boards. In 2021, a Department of Justice study found that 90 percent of employers who hired ex-offenders said they were “motivated, reliable, good at their jobs, and trustworthy.” While employing ex-prisoners has been found to significantly reduce the likelihood of re-offending, costing taxpayers £18.1 billion every year.

CSJ is today announcing an evidence gathering to understand what more can be done to help prisoners gain meaningful and long-term employment after release from prison. It will be part of a research and policy project that will collect data on prisoner education and employment, identify examples of good practice and make recommendations on where action can be taken to improve outcomes.

Andy Cook, CEO of the Center for Social Justice, said:

“Employment plays a vital role in reducing recidivism and we are encouraged that 85 per cent of people who support people leaving prison find work after release. Our new research will explore how best to make this a reality by giving prison leavers access to specialist education, training and employment support to ensure they can find work on release and turn their lives around.’

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