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Employing ex-prisoners is more than social responsibility, it’s good business too

Last week, Employment minister Chris Grayling promised to fund companies to the tune of £5,600 for each ex-prisoner they employ for longer than two years. The proposed policy aims to lessen the strain on the welfare state, but more importantly to help rehabilitate those released from prison to be able to lead meaningful, productive lives, contributing to society.  It’s a much needed initiaitive. As a social group, ex-prisoners currently have amongst the highest long-term unemployment…