Prisoners’ Education Trust welcomes Prime Minister’s support for reform of youth custody

8 Feb 2016

Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) welcomed the PM’s commitment to reform of youth custody based on emerging findings from the Taylor review commissioned by the Justice Secretary. PET also welcomed the Prime Minister’s speech committing to improvements in prison education.

Rod Clark, Chief Executive, PET said:

“It is great that the Prime Minister is committed to prisoner education and supporting a new approach for children in custody.

“High levels of violence persist in far too many existing large establishments. That is no good for children’s safety or their education.  If a new approach means that children who are held in custody will be in smaller, more local and high quality facilities that must be a good thing.” 

Editor’s Notes:

Case studies and interviews with former prisoners whose lives have been transformed by education are available on request.

For interviews, photos or further information please contact Rod Clark, / 07876 385143 or Nina Champion, / 0780 3011358 or visit

About Us

Since 1989, Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) has supported prisoners to engage in rehabilitation through learning. The charity does this by providing advice and funding for approximately 2,000 people per year for distance learning courses in subjects and levels not generally available in prisons. PET also carries out research, informed by prisoner learners, to improve prison education policies.

Recent research carried out by the MoJ Justice Data Lab, published in September 2015 shows prisoners supported by PET to study distance learning courses are more than a quarter less likely to reoffend on release than a matched control group of other ex-prisoners.