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    Why the CJS needs a rhetoric revolution

    All | Research | 25 Oct 2016

    How by revolutionising the way it talks about crime and punishment, the Criminal Justice Sector can create a shift in public perception.

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    Prisoners and researchers in Brexit debate

    All | University/prison partnerships | 25 Oct 2016

    Every month, a group of researchers from Royal Holloway University and prisoners from HMP Swaleside use recent research as a springboard to discuss topical issues. This month, how the media influenced the Brexit decision was up for discussion.

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    All Human - touring the Koestler with Julio  

    All | Arts | 21 Oct 2016

    This year’s Koestler Trust exhibition features its usual array of the ingenious, provocative and beautiful, showcasing the talents and humanity of men and women in custody. We asked exhibitor Julio to show us around and tell us about how he found inspiration in his cell.

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    Inadequate post-prison resettlement "appalling waste"

    All | Resettlement | 4 Oct 2016

    HM Chief Inspectors of Probation and Prisons have exposed chronic failings in provisions for short-term sentenced prisoners after release in its Through the Gate report.

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    What’s education got to do with it?

    All | Prisoner Learning Alliance | 29 Sep 2016

    The final panel of the PLA conference 2016 asked a governor, teacher, researcher and two former learners discussed the intrinsic value of education, and how to encourage more prisoners to engage.

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    PET launches study skills guide for prisoners

    All | Distance learning | 29 Sep 2016

    PET is proud to present its new study skills book, which will be given to distance learners in Wales. Written with the help of former prisoners, it gives valuable hints and tips on everything from the use of a semi colon to how to arrange your cell for studying.

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    Wandsworth governor: I’ll consider yoga, scaffolding and a tattoo parlour in my prison

    All | Prisoner Learning Alliance | 29 Sep 2016

    The PLA conference heard from Wandsworth prison Governor Ian Bickers on bold reform plans in his prison; from Bodil Isaksen on Unlocked Graduates' plans to attract high-flying officers and from Katharine Brash on a thematic, inclusive approach to education in Scottish Young Offender Institutes.

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    Wandsworth governor: I’ll consider yoga, scaffolding and a tattoo parlour in my prison

    Prisoner Learning Alliance | 16 Sep 2016

    At the PLA conference today, Ian Bickers outlined bold plans for his prison, in a conference that also heard from Shadow Prisons Minister Jo Stevens and the director of the Unlocked Graduates scheme.

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    Prison educators celebrated by students behind bars

    All | Prisoner Learning Alliance | 15 Sep 2016

    The 2016 Prisoner Learning Alliance awards recognised outstanding teachers, officers, librarians, peer mentors and others who have made an outstanding contribution to education in prison.

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    Government must improve education for young people in custody

    Young people | Government policy | 13 Sep 2016

    Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) has urged the government to move forward with reform of the youth justice system, after the charity found that young people continue to face significant obstacles to learning while in custody.