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.

  • A joint inspection of the treatment of offenders with learning disabilities within the criminal justice system

    All | Inspection reports | Mar 2015
    HM Inspectorate of Probation, HM Inspectorate of Prisons

    The Criminal Justice Chief Inspectors’ Group commissioned two linked inspections about the experience of people with learning disabilities in the criminal justice system and incorporated them into the Joint Inspection Business Plan 2013-2015.

  • An assessment of the English and maths skills levels of prisoners in England

    All | Education | Nov 2016
    Brian Creese

    This article sets out a new study that takes the mandatory initial assessments carried out on every new prisoner between August 2014 and July 2015 and compares them with the national Skills for Life survey conducted in 2011.

  • An Inspection of Through the Gate Resettlement Services for Short-Term Prisoners

    All | Resettlement | Oct 2016
    A joint inspection by HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Prisons

    'Through the Gate' is a flagship policy of government, intended to bring about a step change in rehabilitation, and so reduce reoffending. New services have been rolled out in prisons to prepare prisoners for release and resettlement and increase their prospects of leading a better life. The service had been in place for almost a year at the time of the fieldwork of this study, hence it was reasonable to expect that core services would be in place at the time of our inspection.

  • Beyond Bars: Maximising the Voluntary Sector's Contribution in Criminal Justice

    All | Government policy | Mar 2017
    Grace Wyld, James Noble

    In this piece the authors outline their findings from research into the role of charities in the criminal justice sector.

  • Birmingham prison: the transition from public to private sector and its impact on staff and prisoner quality of life - a three-year study

    All | Prison practice | Jul 2015
    Alison Liebling, Bethany Schmidt, Ben Crewe, Katherine Auty, Ruth Armstrong, Thomas Akoensi, Deborah Kant, Amy Ludlow and Alice levins

    A three-year quality of life study was conducted at HMP Birmingham following its transfer from the public sector to G4S in 2011. The Prisons Research Centre team conducted detailed surveys of staff and prisoners’ perceptions of their quality of life, interviews and observations, in 2011, 2012 and 2013, in order to evaluate the impact of this transition. The study found that, after an initial decline in quality of life, particularly for staff, the prison showed signs of positive progression by 2013. Seven prisoner quality of life dimensions showed statistically significant improvements from 2011 to 2013.

  • Bradley Report: Lord Bradley's review of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the criminal justice system

    All | Mental Health | Apr 2009
    Rt Hon Lord Bradley

    This independent review was commissioned to examine the extent to which offenders with mental health problems or learning disabilities could, in appropriate cases, be diverted from prison to other services and the barriers to such diversion. The review has kept a broad remit and incorporated the range of mental health problems and learning disabilities across the whole of the criminal justice system, and made recommendations to government including the organisation of effective liaison and diversion arrangements and the services needed to support them.

  • Building on sand: Why expanding the prison estate is not the way to 'secure the future.'

    All | Government policy | Jul 2008
    Professor Carol Hedderman - Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

    This 2008 report published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies suggested the government's analysis of factors driving up the prison population is 'inadequate' and 'highly misleading'.