EMPLOYERS are being asked for their thoughts on the recruiting of former criminals.

Figures from prisons show just over 26 per cent of prisoners enter employment upon their release, despite research showing work can have a positive effect in preventing offenders from committing further crimes.

Criminal justice agencies are now consulting with businesses and organisations across the region in a bid to gain greater understanding of employers’ attitudes to employing ex-offenders.

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A survey has been launched by North-East Police and Crime Commissioners Barry Coppinger and Ron Hogg.

Mr Hogg said: “I believe most people who have offended hope for the chance to make a fresh start and contribute to society.

"The responses to this survey will help us to understand the concerns, or barriers, local organisations may have in offering opportunities to people who have offended.”

To take part, visit surveymonkey.co.uk/r/V2S8HYC before Friday, September 1.