Research and Evidence

Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) brings its many years of experience gathered since it was first founded in 1989, its networks with prisoners and other organisations together to carry out research exploring what is and isn't working in prison education. In this section, you can read a range of reports by PET's policy team, analysis of prisoners' views about education and evidence of the importance of putting learning at the heart of rehabilitation in prisons. Read accounts and watch videos from PET's Annual Academic Symposium - bring together those at the forefront of research and practice in prison education. 

Latest PET Reports

Turning 180 Degrees: The Potential of Prison-University Partnerships to Transform Leaders into Learners 

PET's Head of Policy, Nina Champion, reports on on her international research of international prison-university partnerships. Published in April 2018, the research took Nina to Belgium, Denmark, Poland and the US, where she encountered a rich array of prison-university partnerships, and saw how these are initiatives are turning prison learners into leaders. Nina conducted her research as a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Visit our Resource Library for reports prior to 2016

Government research on PET's work

A report published in September 2015 by the government's MoJ Justice Data Lab shows suggests that offering people in prison opportunities to aspire to further their education makes them less likely to re-offend on release. It also reconfirms an earlier report published in January 2014 also by the Data Lab which found people supported by PET to study distance learning courses in prison are a quarter less likely to reoffend than a matched sample of ex-prisoners with the same characteristics. The latest report was carried out to offer analysis of a larger sample of almost 6,000 prisoner records.