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U.K. Plans Jail Reforms to Improve Education of Prisoners

The U.K. plans to overhaul its prisons and courts system in an effort to cut re-offending rates by giving prisoners better prospects after their sentences end.

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Prison governors will be given “unprecedented freedom,” enabling them to make better educational provisions for prisoners, Queen Elizabeth II said Wednesday in a speech outlining the new legislative program of Prime Minister David Cameron’s government, the centerpiece of the State Opening of Parliament. The government will also ensure there is better mental-health provision for people in the criminal-justice system, she said.

“My government will legislate to reform prisons and courts to give individuals a second chance,” the queen said. “Old and inefficient prisons will be closed and new institutions built where prisoners can be put more effectively to work.”

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