MP Rory Stewart to head review into how jailed ex-service personnel can be better supported

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EDEN MP Rory Stewart has been given a key job to review what more could be done to help armed forces' veterans who end up in jail. 

The former army officer and diplomat will look at the support provided for ex-service personnel who are serving custodial or community sentences, including ways of improving the rehabilitation programmes currently in place.

Mr Stewart, who served as an officer with the Black Watch, was appointed to his new role by the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, who was concerned at the 'significant number' of military veterans now in jail, some of them having suffered from post-traumatic stress.

Mr Stewart, who is MP for Penrith and the Border, said: "Veterans have made a unique contribution to our society, and we owe them a huge debt. Their needs are specific, and it is an honour to have the opportunity to support veterans in this way.

"I am very much looking forward to working with veterans organisations, the armed forces and the ministry of justice to make sure we have the best programme for veterans in the world." 

Mr Grayling said: "After leaving the armed forces the vast majority of veterans continue to make a hugely positive contribution to our country. But for a few the transition to civilian life isn't always straightforward, and some end up in the criminal justice system.

"I want to make sure that we take specific account of their needs and experiences and make sure that they get the right rehabilitation to get their lives back together again. It's the very least we can do for people who put their lives on the line for our country."

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: "Armed forces veterans have made a significant commitment to their country and it is right that the government should help support them when they hit tough times. That is why we should look at how we can improve the level of support and rehabilitation available to veterans who end up in the criminal justice system."

Rory Stewart is encouraging any constituents with experience of these issues to get in touch and help him to better understand how support structures can be improved. Rory can be contacted at rory@rorystewart.co.uk or on 01768 758 772.

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2:30pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Madam123 says...

How many weeks was Rory Stewart employed by the army?
How many weeks was Rory Stewart employed by the army? Madam123
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6:25am Sun 19 Jan 14

searcher21c says...

The point being.....?
However brief, it was still more than any of our so-called political leaders for a few decades.
As it is, he will be able to talk very knowledgeably with any Iraq/Afghanistan veteran because he was there too. This task requires a good administrator who can work across all kinds of boundaries and get to the bottom of things. His background suggests that Rory Stewart is a good choice.
The point being.....? However brief, it was still more than any of our so-called political leaders for a few decades. As it is, he will be able to talk very knowledgeably with any Iraq/Afghanistan veteran because he was there too. This task requires a good administrator who can work across all kinds of boundaries and get to the bottom of things. His background suggests that Rory Stewart is a good choice. searcher21c
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2:51pm Sun 19 Jan 14

jazzactivist says...

Are the crimes committed by ex-military personnel so different to crimes committed by civilians that they need extra support in and after jail? It seems to me that even having this review highlights the myths put forward about the armed forces eg that they are people who are self-disciplined and able to keep calm and control themselves in any situation, that they can be completely trusted, and that spending time in the armed forces provides workplace training that is valuable in civilian life. Surely all prisoners need support and training to ensure that they don't re-offend when they leave prison.
Are the crimes committed by ex-military personnel so different to crimes committed by civilians that they need extra support in and after jail? It seems to me that even having this review highlights the myths put forward about the armed forces eg that they are people who are self-disciplined and able to keep calm and control themselves in any situation, that they can be completely trusted, and that spending time in the armed forces provides workplace training that is valuable in civilian life. Surely all prisoners need support and training to ensure that they don't re-offend when they leave prison. jazzactivist
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