Prisoners: Literacy

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 12th January 2017.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Labour, Don Valley

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

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

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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