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.

  • Lifelong Learning and Crime: A Life-course Perspective

    Education | Sep 2014
    Professor John Bynner, Institute of Education, London

    This paper addresses the financial and other benefits to society to be gained from lifelong learning as an antidote to crime.

  • Locating trust in a climate of fear: religion, moral status, prisoner leadership, and risk in maximum security prisons

    All | Prison practice | Jan 2017
    Alison Liebling, Ruth Armstrong, Richard Bramwell and Ryan Williams

    Religious identity is playing an increasingly prominent role in maximum security prisons in the social and emotional lives of prisoners and in the management of risk. Changing prison demographics and anxieties that under certain conditions prisons may become incubators for terrorist ideology, have fuelled concerns over the role and nature of religious ideology and practice in prisons. Simultaneously, the flow of information about prisoners has moved away from prison landings and into security intelligence reporting systems, obscuring possibilities for faith as a source of growth, meaning, community, and trust.

  • Lord Bradley's report on people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the Criminal Justice System: the Government's response

    Mental Health | Apr 2009
    Ministry of Justice

    The government's response to Lord Bradley’s report on people with mental health problems and learning difficulties in the Criminal Justice System.

  • Meeting Needs? The Offender Learning and Skills Service Forty-Seventh Report of Session 2007-08

    All | Government policy | Jun 2008
    House of Commons

    Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence.

  • Mental Health in Prison

    All | Mental Health | Jun 2017
    The National Audit Office: the Comptroller and Auditor General

    This report looks at the provision of mental healthcare in prison, and efforts to maintain prisoner well-being. We also considered routes out of prison, including continuity of care into the community and transfer to secure hospital.

  • Never too old to learn; a response to the Justice Select Committee inquiry into older prisoners

    Older prisoners | Government policy | Mar 2013

    People over 60 are the fastest growing age group in the prison estate but their learning needs are often not met. This inquiry response was primarily informed by 31 responses from older prisoners to a PET survey. Respondents told us about their experience of learning in prison, how their learning needs might differ from the general population, and whether these needs were being met by the current provision.

  • New psychoactive substances: a case for integration between health and criminal justice services

    All | Mental Health | May 2016
    Nigel Newcomen CBE, Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, and Kate Davies OBE, Head of Health and Justice, Armed Forces and Public Health, at NHS England.

    This is an edited transcript of a roundtable seminar held on 9 May 2016 with Nigel Newcomen CBE, Prisons and Probation Ombudsman and Kate Davies OBE, Head of Health and Justice, Armed Forces and Public Health, NHS England.

  • Offender Assessment System and Offender Group Reconviction Scale: Research Summaries.

    All | Government policy | Dec 2009
    Ministry of Justice

    Summaries of research on the Offender Assessment System (OASys) and the Offender Group Reconviction Scale (OGRS), risk assessment tools used by the prison and probation services to predict reoffending.

  • Offender learning: a career of choice

    All | Education | Mar 2017
    The Education and Training Foundation

    So you’re interested in a career in offender learning? It’s an ideal time to be considering this as in Spring 2016, the Secretary of State will consider the recommendations from the Coates Review of prison education, which should bring this career path right into the spotlight.