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.

  • Furhter Education - Further Development of Loans: Expanding and Simplifying the Program

    All | Government policy | Jun 2014
    Department 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 Difficulties

    All | Learning difficulties | Nov 2013
    Melanie 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.

  • Goodwill and Good Fortune: Obstacles and Opportunities of Level 2 learners in local jails

    All | Education | May 2010
    Dr 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 system

    Young people | Governance | Jan 2017
    The 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.

  • House of Commons Work and Pensions Comittee: Support for Ex-Offender

    All | Employability | Dec 2016
    The 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.

  • Impact evaluation of the prison-based Core Sex Offender Treatment Programme

    All | Research | Jun 2017
    Ministry 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.

  • In Care, Out of Trouble

    Young people | Mental Health | May 2016
    Lord 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.

  • International perspectives on prison education: reducing reoffending

    All | Education | Nov 2015
    Excellence 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.