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SUPER HOSTELS FOR OFFENDERS 'A BAD IDEA'

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The government's plan for 'super hostels' is not the answer for dangerous offenders released into the community, BB...
The government's plan for 'super hostels' is not the answer for dangerous offenders released into the community, BBC Radio Four's Today programme was told this morning.

The Home Office wants to build large hostels, housing up to 100 offenders, for prisoners released on licence. It expects a hostile reaction from the public where such hostels are sited, Today reported.

Martin Wargent, chief executive of the Probation Boards Association, told the programme: 'Super hostels seem to be a bad idea from beginning to end.'

He said the home secretary 'needs to talk to the police, he needs to talk to the local authorities where these hostels are going to be put. Sticking people in large warehouses simply isn't the solution.'

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