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.

  • The right to education of persons in detention

    All | Education | Apr 2009
    Vernor Muñoz - Human Rights Council, United Nations

    This report by Special Rapporteur Vernor Muñoz to the Human Rights Council is devoted to the question of the right to education of
    persons in detention, a group subject to discrimination generally and to discrimination in the provision of education specifically.

  • The Right Type of Education: A briefing on education and training provision for Gypsy and Irish Traveller prisoners in England and Wales

    All | Education | Nov 2015
    Conn Mac Gabhann

    This report published by the Traveller Equality Project identifies the substantial unmet educational and training need of Gypsies, Romanies and Irish Travellers in prison. Significantly, the report highlights a high level of interest in suitable education amongst this group, as well as the barriers to progression in education.

  • Through the Gateway: How computers can transform rehabilitation

    All | Nov 2013
    Nina Champion, Kimmett Edgar - Prisoners Education Trust; Prison Reform Trust

    This joint report from the Prison Reform Trust and Prisoners Education Trust examines the role Information and Communication Technologies can play in rehabilitation.

  • Time to Learn

    All | Learner voice | Jan 2003
    Julia Braggins, Jenny Talbot - Prison Reform Trust

    What do prisoners think about education in prisons? What have their experiences been? What might they recommend for the future of prison education? Despite a great deal of interest in prison education, the voices of prisoners are rarely heard.To our knowledge, there have been few studies that set out with the sole intention of eliciting prisoners’ views about their experience of education in prison.

  • Towards a Restorative Society: A problem-solving response to harm

    All | Government policy | Jan 2009
    Martin Wright - Making Justice Work

    A paper considering the logic behind sentencing policies, and looking at how a more restorative justice approach could be adopted.

  • Unlocking Potential- A review of education in prison

    All | Education | May 2016
    Dame Sally Coates

    In this government-commissioned review, Dame Sally Coates stresses the need to reform the way we educate in prisons, stating that prison education should be “at the heart” of the prison system. The recommendations, all of which were accepted in principle by the Government, advocates greater Governor autonomy, improvements to the quality of teaching and greater access to technology, among other things.

  • Volunteering for all? A qualitative study of women ex-offenders' experiences of volunteering

    Women | Jan 2008
    Clare Taylor - The Griffins Society

    A study examining the volunteering experiences of women who have been in prison.

  • What is Prison Education for? A theory of change exploring the value of learning in prison

    All | Education | Jun 2016
    Prisoner Learning Alliance

    The Prisoner Learning Alliance has devised a 'Theory of Change' for prison education. The report identifies five broad themes around the benefits of education, aiming to stimulate debate and conversation about the purpose and value of prison education.