Research and Evidence

Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) brings its many years of experience gathered since it was first founded in 1989, its networks with prisoners and other organisations together to carry out research exploring what is and isn't working in prison education.

In this section, you can read a range of reports by PET's policy team, analysis of prisoners' views about education and evidence of the importance of putting learning at the heart of rehabilitation in prisons.

For academic research you can explore our Academic Prisons section and for published reports from other organisations explore our resource library.

Government research on PET's work

A report published in September 2015 by the government's MoJ Justice Data Lab shows suggests that offering people in prison opportunities to aspire to further their education makes them less likely to re-offend on release. It also reconfirms an earlier report published in January 2014 also by the Data Lab which found people supported by PET to study distance learning courses in prison are a quarter less likely to reoffend than a matched sample of ex-prisoners with the same characteristics. The latest report was carried out to offer analysis of a larger sample of almost 6,000 prisoner records.

PET reports

Brain Cells: Listening to Prisoner Learners (Third Edition): a report by PET analysing learners' views, September 2014.

Smart Rehabilitation: Learning how to get better outcomes: report by the Prisoner Learning Alliance, December 2013.

Through the Gateway: How computers can transform rehabilitation: joint report by PET and the Prison Reform Trust, October 2013.

Fit for Release: report by PET and Dr Rosie Meek on the benefits of sports-based learning, summer 2012.

Brain Cells: Listening to Prisoner Learners (Second Edition): a report by PET based on a survey of 500 prisoner learners, November 2012.

Brain Cells: Listening to prisoner learners (First Edition): a report by PET on the views of learners in prison, carried out in 2009.