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Prisoners: Literacy

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 59095, tabled on 9 January 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if she will introduce compulsory literacy classes for prisoners assessed as having poor literacy.

Answered on

12 January 2017

Education is key to helping prisoners turn their lives around and in particular to securing employment which we know reduces the likelihood of reoffending. Alongside introducing a core common curriculum, focussing on maths and English, we will empower Governors to put in place a framework of incentives to encourage participation by those prisoners with poor literacy skills.

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