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Prisons: Education

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 906071, tabled on 30 August 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to improve education in prisons.

Answered on

6 September 2016

Education is key to helping prisoners turn their lives around and in particular to securing employment which we know reduces reoffending. We realise that many prisoners have led challenging lives and may have missed out on the opportunity to learn. For example nearly one third struggle with learning difficulties or disabilities and only a quarter enter employment on release. Dame Sally Coates was asked to lead an independent review of education in prisons. This was published on 18th May 2016 and we have accepted in principle all the recommendations made.

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