25 Nov 2014

Is temporary leave the best way to help prisoners reintegrate into society?

From Nine To Noon, 9:33 am on 25 November 2014

The department of Corrections is being urged to end its ban on temporary leave, after suspending it two weeks ago when convicted murderer and child abuser Philip John Smith managed to leave the country. Paul Senior is an expert on prisoner reintegration, he's a Professor of Probation Studies and director of the Hallam Centre for Community Justice, Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. He says in almost all cases temporary releases are successful, and are an important way of getting prisoners used to the outside world before they are released at the end of their sentences.