Prisoners: Social Media

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what training is provided to prisoners on the use of social media; and under what programmes such training operates.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Holding answer received on 01 May 2018

Prison Governors are empowered to tailor and commission a range of education and training to meet the needs of their prisoners from their education providers and therefore this information is not held centrally.

There would be significant practical difficulties for any governor aiming to commission education of this type. Most learning involves practising the new skills in order to embed them. That would be very difficult in any custodial setting where, in order to prevent prisoners contacting victims, witnesses and criminal associates, we make strenuous efforts to prevent access to social media.

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