Free phones for criminals returning to society

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New Zealand criminals are being given free mobile phones when they leave prison.
The idea is being trialled to see if people will stop reoffending when they get out of jail.
The programme is being run Mt Eden Prison and is being sponsored by Vodafone who provide the phone and pay the first month of a basic contract.
The phones have pre-programmed numbers for police mentors and other support services.
Participants are issued with a basic model Vodafone 155 mobile phone loaded with pre-approved support service numbers to assist with their reintegration, including looking for a job.
Only a handful of prisoners have been given the phones but if the project is successful it will be introduced at the new prisons around the country.
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