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More efforts will be made to rehabilitate criminals under plans outlined by Sheffield MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Giving a speech at crime reduction charity Nacro, Mr Clegg said the coalition Government aims to create ‘a rehabilitation revolution’ to deal with persistent reoffending.

The Offender Rehabilitation Bill will get its Second Reading in Parliament on Monday.

Hallam MP Mr Clegg said: “It’s a programme of legislation that will transform the way offenders are dealt with once they leave prison and address, more substantially, persistent reoffending.

“It brings forward for the first time a mandatory requirement for the most prevalent reoffenders – those serving sentences of 12 months or less – to undergo a targeted programme of support on release to help them turn their lives around.

“We know that the majority of those sentenced to prison, are sent there for 12 months or less and that almost 60 per cent of them reoffend on release.”

Mr Clegg said the current situation, where offenders leave prison with £46 and sometimes nowhere to stay the next night, sometimes drives them back to committing crime.

He said that reforms would also happen when people are first arrested, to identify if mental health or drug problems need to be resolved.

Mr Clegg said changes are set to have a ‘significant impact on women offenders’, who have complex needs such as care for their children.