Prison Education in Scotland: A Preliminary Study of Young Offenders Institutions (YOIS)

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Abstract

Compared to the rest of the UK, particularly England and Wales and indeed other countries such as Canada, Australia and USA, (see, for example, Esperian 2010; Baylis 2003; Tracy 2003; Morin 1981; Merrington et al. 2004; Jancic 1998; Lockwood et al. 2012; Darling and Price 2004), prison education in Scotland has not been subjected to much scholarly attention. This is despite the fact that Scotland spends a substantial amount of its prison budget on offender opportunities, including education and vocational skills training (Scottish Government 2014). Given the uniqueness of Scotland as a devolved region of the UK, with powers, inter alia, over the criminal justice system, including prisons (Audit Scotland 2005), offers particular insights regarding the nature of prison education (learning, vocational training and employment skills) for both male and female young offenders (16-21 years). Areas of research interest are, but not limited to, the resources available, extent and quality of provision, inmates’ engagement with it, how this is managed by prison staff, what kind of teachers are involved in its delivery and why, if at all, inmates seem to lose interest in the education that is provided and indeed what should be done to motivate inmates and improve learning.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2016
EventLaunch of Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Crime, Policing and Social Justice (IRUCPS) - University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Sep 2016 → …

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OtherLaunch of Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Crime, Policing and Social Justice (IRUCPS)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityPaisley
Period28/09/16 → …

Keywords

  • prisons
  • Education and Training
  • Recidivism
  • Rehabilitation

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    Matemba, Y. (2016). Prison Education in Scotland: A Preliminary Study of Young Offenders Institutions (YOIS). Poster session presented at Launch of Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Crime, Policing and Social Justice (IRUCPS), Paisley, United Kingdom.