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PCS Argues for Need to Widen Prison Training

Magazine article Public Finance

PCS Argues for Need to Widen Prison Training

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Civil servants have called on the government to maintain prison-based education schemes amid fears thai financial constraints and overcrowding could lead to higher re-offending rates.

Prison population figures for March showed (hat the Prison Service is operating close to capacity. Recent reports by government penal inspectors have also warned that commitments to in-house education and training programmes for inmates have waned as prison finances tighten.

Official figures showed that the prison population readied 80.316 in March, an increase of 3,281 on the same period for 2006.

A spokesman for the Public and Commercial Services union, which represents Prison Service staff, said that 'the key' to tackling overcrowding'is to invest in the Prison Service and its workforce specifically in-house education and workshops, and programmes aimed at reducing re-offending'. …

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