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    OLASS shakeup: a quiet victory for the PLA

    All | Government policy | 30 Nov 2016

    On 1 October the Prisoner Learning Alliance secured a quiet, but crucial, victory in improving prison education provision as education contracts were made more flexible.

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    Inspiring peer mentors awarded in prisons

    All | Peer support | 29 Nov 2016

    The 2016 Prisoner Learning Alliance awards recognised peer mentors who have made an outstanding contribution to education in their prisons. The PET team went to visit them to give them their awards in person.

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    Not surviving but thriving

    29 Nov 2016

    Adam, a former sports champion, talks about how he saw fitness and education help his and other people’s mental health in prison.

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    This Christmas double your donation to PET!

    Older prisoners | Distance learning | 27 Nov 2016

    PET is participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge to raise funds for older prisoners who otherwise feel dismissed and ignored in the prison system. Supporters who donate online via the Big Give website between midday 29th November and midday 2nd December, will have their donation doubled.

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    Truss White Paper welcome answer to "chronic underinvestment" in prisons, but attention to more than basic skills needed

    All | Government policy | 3 Nov 2016

    PET welcomes Truss's promise of more money and staff but stresses that education should go beyond the basic.

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    Prisons and universities team up in London

    All | University/prison partnerships | 26 Oct 2016

    Prisons and universities gathered at Brixton prison to discuss the strength of working together in an event that also inspired the enthusiasm of Liz Truss.

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    Why the CJS needs a rhetoric revolution

    All | Research | 25 Oct 2016

    How by revolutionising the way it talks about crime and punishment, the Criminal Justice Sector can create a shift in public perception.

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    Prisoners and researchers in Brexit debate

    All | University/prison partnerships | 25 Oct 2016

    Every month, a group of researchers from Royal Holloway University and prisoners from HMP Swaleside use recent research as a springboard to discuss topical issues. This month, how the media influenced the Brexit decision was up for discussion.

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    All Human - touring the Koestler with Julio  

    All | Arts | 21 Oct 2016

    This year’s Koestler Trust exhibition features its usual array of the ingenious, provocative and beautiful, showcasing the talents and humanity of men and women in custody. We asked exhibitor Julio to show us around and tell us about how he found inspiration in his cell.

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    Inadequate post-prison resettlement "appalling waste"

    All | Resettlement | 4 Oct 2016

    HM Chief Inspectors of Probation and Prisons have exposed chronic failings in provisions for short-term sentenced prisoners after release in its Through the Gate report.