The shadow justice secretary visited South Yorkshire – to find out about work to help offenders turn their lives around.
Sadiq Khan, Labour MP for Tooting, London, accompanied Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, on a visit to the South Yorkshire Probation Trust.
The trust, which helps offenders rebuild their lives, saw a 13.4 per cent reduction in reoffending during 2012 – compared to a national average of 3.79 per cent.
They also visited the Emmaus project, which provides work and somewhere to live for people who have been homeless and who want the opportunity to provide for themselves.
The Emmaus project is supported by funding from the commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime grant scheme.
Mr Wright said: “I am passionate about the work Emmaus does in supporting men and women that, through many reasons, find themselves on the streets with no money and no home.
“Nobody really chooses to be homeless and too often people are judged solely on their current circumstances.
“The Emmaus project works with these people and helps them turn their lives around by offering them a safe environment to live and work and learn new skills.
“Many of them then go on to find employment with other companies and find new places to live.
“I have pledged to help vulnerable people and, because of my grants programme, this project can benefit from money originally earned by criminality.”