There is a pressing need for our work. In recent years, conditions in prisons have deteriorated. The population has risen while staff numbers have decreased. Violence, self- harm and drug use are widespread, and more and more prisoners are spending 23 hours a day locked in their cell.
People in prison are often among the most disadvantaged in our society. Many have had damaging childhoods, have experienced mental health and addiction problems, and have suffered multiple bereavements. Most step through the prison gates with a poor and limited history of education.
*Statistics from Coates Review, 2016
What we do makes a difference.
Research by the Ministry of Justice’s Data Lab has shown that our courses:
Out of 100 people leaving prison, 82 PET learners lead crime-free lives in the year after leaving prison, compared to 75 in a matched group.
Out of 100 people leaving prison, 39 PET learners find work in the first year of release, compared to 31 in a matched group.
Through the personal accounts of people we fund, we also know that education has broader benefits. Our learners say education also has a positive impact on: