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Whitehouse Consultancy Prison Education Survey

Survey of the British public regarding prison education on behalf of the Whitehouse Consultancy.

  • Seven in ten Britons (71%) agree that rehabilitation is a vital part of the justice process.


  • However, over half of Britons (55%) agree that rehabilitation in prisons is generally ineffective at preventing reoffending.


  • Half of Britons (51%) agree that prison should be about punishment not rehabilitation.


  • Three in five British adults (62%) agree that all prisoners should be able to access opportunities for training and education.


  • Half of Britons (48%) agree that prisoners should have the opportunity to study for advanced (university level) degrees while serving a sentence in prison.


  • Approaching three quarters of British adults (72%) agree that increased investment in prison education and training programmes is worth it if crime rates fall in the long-term.


  • Half of Britons (49%) agree that by offering prisoners training and education, it significantly reduces the deterrent from committing crimes in the first place.

Date Published: 28th April 2016

Categories: Education | GB | Public and communities | Social

Client: The Whitehouse Consultancy


ComRes interviewed 2023 British adults online between the 16th and 17th March 2016. Data were weighted by age, gender, region and socio-economic grade to be representative of all GB adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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