In an interview with the Guardian, Mr Clarke said: "We need to get to a state of affairs where prisoners are able to reintegrate into society through developing their relations with their friends and family.
"The break in that - and it happens often - is the damaging thing in people's ability to stop reoffending."
I am probably missing the point here but what he seems to be saying is that when someone goes to prison they are "often" sent away from their friends and relations. I thought that was part of the idea to break their contact with their fellow local scrotes, but obviously I'm wrong. What he seems to be suggesting is nice little weekend break just down the road, as long as that isn't too inconvenient, as the nuLabour nuPrisons.