Building a better future
Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET)
Since 1989, PET has supported prisoners to engage in rehabilitation through learning.
The charity does this by providing advice and funding for over 2,500 people per year for distance learning courses in subjects and levels not generally available in prisons. PET also carries out research, informed by prisoner learners, to improve prison education policies.
A report by the MoJ shows that prisoners helped by PET reoffend 25% less than a matched control group. Analysis by Pro Bono Economics shows that it would only take a one percentage point reduction in reoffending, for the benefits to outweigh the costs of the investment.
Since 2010, The Taylor Family Foundation has provided £65,000 of funding, focused on providing distance-learning courses, advice and guidance to 123 prisoners aged 17-30 years, across 36 prisons in the South of England. In the last 12 months alone, the grant has enabled 37 young prisoners to access distance learning courses, advice and guidance. The subjects chosen illustrate the broad range of skills, abilities and interests that these learners possess, such as business start-up, languages and health and fitness-related courses.
Rod Clark, Chief Executive, Prisoners' Education Trust, says:
“For young people in prison, learning can be a lifeline. It can develop skills needed to find employment after release; improve wellbeing within prison; and create shifts in attitude and aspirations that can last forever. In short, education is a priceless tool in helping people build meaningful, crime-free lives when they are back in our communities.”
Comments from PET participants:
“Last year I had no direction with my life. I never thought of a career, I always assumed I was stuck doing what I was doing. Now I have options because of education. My long-term goal is to help others doing the drug counselling..”
“Doing education in prison has been life changing. It has given me hope for the future.”