Prisoners' Education Trust is committed to doing what works to reduce reoffending. This resource library presents evidence and research related to all aspects of prison rehabilitation.
Search our resource library for a wide range of articles including: academic research, reports and policy related documents all within the theme of prison education. We welcome further content and if there is something you would like added to the resource library then please contact Katy Oglethorpe, Media, Communications and Alumni Manager.
All | Government policy | Jun 2014Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
It is essential to our economy that people have the skills that employers need to help us compete in a world that is changing fast. It needs to ensured that further education provides the skilled workforce employers need and helps individuals reach their full potential. In this research the authors gather the views on proposals for a further expansion of loans in the Further Education sector.
Good Practice Guide for Justice Professionals: Guidelines for supporting clients and users of the Justice System who have Dyslexia and other Specific Learning DifficultiesAll | Learning difficulties | Nov 2013Melanie Jameson - British Dyslexia Association
A guide offering practical advice on the impact of Specific Learning Difficulties in police, court and tribunal settings. It is designed for practitioners and staffworking in the Justice System.
All | Education | May 2010Dr Anita Wilson
This report is a response to a request from Prisoners Education Trust to look at how far learning is available to prisoners who have reached Level 2 and want to progress, and the obstacles and opportunities that they and their champions encounter.
Government Response to the Justice Committee's Seventh Report of Session 2016-17: The treatment of young adults in the criminal justice systemYoung people | Governance | Jan 2017The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice by Command of Her Majesty
In this report the Government respond to the Justice Committee's report of the treatment of young adults in the criminal justice system.
Young people | Government policy | Sep 2016Clare Taylor
Published as the sector awaits Charlie Taylor's review of the youth justice system, this report looks at the educational opportunities for young people in custody. The report makes ten recommendations, starting from the premise that custody should be a last resort and that further reductions to both young people and young adults in custody need to be a clear policy goal. However once in custody, despite some reported improvements in resettlement support and hours spent in education for young people, much more could still be done to develop a culture of learning and aspiration. Time and again, the importance of relationships, effective engagement and transitions came up. We look forward to working with the new Justice Secretary and ministerial team to realise these ‘great expectations’.
All | Employability | Dec 2016The Work and Pensions Committee is appointed by the House of Commons
Members of the Work and Pensions Committee have assisted constituents with first- hand experience of failures in rehabilitation; individuals leaving prison with no fixed accommodation, no financial support and no prospect of finding work. Employment significantly reduces the chances of reoffending and the committee claim the Government has to state clearly who has the ultimate responsibility for helping prison leavers into work.
All | Research | Jun 2017Ministry of Justice: Aidan Mews, Laura Di Bella and Mark Purver
The aim of the research was to extend the evidence base on the effectiveness of treatment for sexual offenders. This study measures the impact of the prison-based Core Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP) on the reoffending outcomes of sex offenders in England and Wales, while controlling for the different observable characteristics, needs, and risk factors of offenders.
Young people | Mental Health | May 2016Lord Laming
This review was established to examine the reasons for, and how best to tackle, the over representation of children in care, or with experience of care, in the criminal justice system in England and Wales.
All | Education | Nov 2015Excellence Gateway
This report brings together the findings of a review of relevant literature, contact with the national administration of statistics of the country and interviews with a range of stakeholders associated with prison education in order to find out more about what works well in prison education. It demonstrates how offender education can contribute to a reduction in reoffending rates.
Government policy | Nov 2009Dr Anita Wilson - Economic & Social Research Council
Examining the disruptive role the criminal justice system can play in young offenders' lives.