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

Published: 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.



"There seems to be an ideology in place that says 'push the younger guys into education and training to keep them occupied and out of trouble, the old blokes can play chess, dominoes or do jigsaw and stay out of the way"

(Prisoner aged 68).