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.
Less Crime, Lower Costs: Implementing effective early crime reduction programmes in England and WalesGovernment policy | May 2009Max Chambers, Ben Ullman, Professor Irvin Waller. Gavin Lockhart (ed.) - Policy Exchange.
A report examining the Government strategy for addressing youth crime, providing anaylsis of prevention programmes that have proved effective and cost-effective in other countries.
Education | Sep 2014Professor 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 prisonsAll | Prison practice | Jan 2017Alison 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.
All | Research | Jun 2016Pro Bono Economics
Prisoners' Education Trust approached Pro Bono Economics to undertake an impact assessment of their programme that funds educational resources for prisoners. Following on from research by the Ministry of Justice, economists estimated that PET would need to reduce reoffending by just one percentage point for the costs of the programme to outweigh the costs associated with reoffending (for example, costs to society, the victim and the criminal justice system).
Lord Bradley's report on people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the Criminal Justice System: the Government's responseMental Health | Apr 2009Ministry 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.
All | Government policy | Jun 2008House of Commons
Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence.
All | Mental Health | Jun 2017The 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.
Older prisoners | Government policy | Mar 2013PET
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.
All | Mental Health | May 2016Nigel 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.
All | Government policy | Dec 2009Ministry 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.