Prisons: Education

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 14th July 2017.

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Photo of Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves Labour, Lewisham West and Penge

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what programmes his Department sponsors across the prison system to educate prisoners against (a) racism, (b) anti-Semitism, (c) Islamophobia and (d) homophobia.

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

All new prisoners go through a local induction programme that promotes tolerance for protected characteristics. It also advises on the process for reporting incidents in prison that might be considered hate crimes through the prisoner complaint system or to prison staff. The Thinking Skills Programme encourages participants to develop pro-social attitudes and manage relationships with other people. There are no specific sponsored programmes for educating prisoners on these issues.

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