Doncaster Prison is set to become a resettlement jail as part of a shake-up of the prison estate.
It has been named as one of 70 resettlement jails unveiled by the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, in a move which will see the majority of offenders released from prisons in, or close to, the area in which they normally live.
Mr Grayling said: “Rehabilitation in the community must begin behind the prison walls and follow offenders out through the gates if we are to stand a chance of freeing them from a life of crime.
“Currently a local area could expect to receive offenders from dozens of prisons across the country – this is hopeless.
“It is little wonder we have such high reoffending rates when you have a prisoner leaving HMP Liverpool, given a travel permit to get them home to the south coast, and then expected to simply get on with it.
“This approach is a significant step forwards in our reforms to tackle reoffending and lays the groundwork for building a genuine nationwide network of ‘through the gate’ supervision and support for all offenders.”
The Government wants every offender released from custody to receive statutory supervision and rehabilitation in the community.
Paul McDowell, chief executive of crime reduction charity Nacro, said: “We are still sending too many people to prison when they could be better dealt with in the community – especially many of those serving short prison sentences.
“But putting communities at the heart of the criminal justice system through the development of resettlement prisons is a step in the right direction.”