Prison education - A review of the evidence
Why read this evidence review?
No-one disputes the importance of prison education. But does it help people turn away from crime and live personally fulfilling lives? And what are the key elements which make for ‘good’ prison education.
In this evidence review, Jon Collins, Chief Executive of Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET), looks at:
• The educational needs of people in prison
• The current state of prison education
• The evidence base for the effectiveness of prison education
• Critical success factors for high quality prison education.
An online evidence base for the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system
This article forms part of a series from Clinks, created to develop a far-reaching and accessible evidence base covering the most common types of activity undertaken within the criminal justice system. There are two main aims of this online series:
- To increase the extent to which the voluntary sector bases its services on the available evidence base
- To encourage commissioners to award contracts to organisations delivering an evidence-based approach.
Each article has been written by a leading academic with particular expertise on the topic in question. The topics are selected by Clinks’ members as areas of priority interest. Clinks intends to build a comprehensive directory of the best evidence available across a wide range of criminal justice topics. The online evidence base is co-ordinated by Russell Webster on behalf of Clinks.