European countries generally have a desire to deliver high-quality education in prison and recognize the importance of education as one of the instruments to reduce recidivism and prepare and equip prisoners for a better life after detention. If well-organised, education enhances an individual’s opportunities in the labor market and contributes to their long-term social inclusion. Recently, several EU Member States have announced their intentions to reform prison education, or are in the process of implementing prison reform, and are actively seeking information and best practice examples from colleagues across the continent. Recent economic developments have forced member states to be more creative in developing prison education. Digital and technological progress have demanded the development of digital applications for the prison environment, to help keep up to speed with mainstream society and with the demand for skills on the labor market. Difficult decisions are to be made if both financial restraints and quality requirements are to be considered.
Supported by the Justice Programme of the European Union