Prisoners participating in educational courses are less likely to reoffend, research suggests


Prisoners in jails across England and Wales who participate in educational courses are much less likely to reoffend after being released, a brand new research carried out by the Ministry of Justice has revealed.

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The survey involved a sample of 3,000 prisoners, some of which are studying a range of courses from Open University degrees to vocational qualifications, funded by the Prisoners’ Education Trust.

Results from the study showed that 19% had reoffended within a year of release, compared with 26% of 3,000 similar inmates without. The Ministry of Justice is looking at the effectiveness of a number of voluntary and community sector schemes for reducing reoffending rates.

Although long-distance learning is most likely the best option, as it also enables prison staff to maintain a high level of security at all times, the truth of the matter is that, in some cases, prison visits by tutors might also be required.

If that’s the case, implementing a very reliable and accessible visitor monitoring system is a must, and this is specifically where Tensor plc could help.

Our company has an extensive experience in developing high-end, reliable and affordable access control and visitor monitoring solutions, all of which are specifically designed for registering each visitor, both on and off site, and enable HM Prison Service Officers to quickly check the identity and monitor the movements of visitors.

A digital or eyeball camera takes a photo of the visitor, which is later on printed on a bar-coded pass using a high speed printer so each visitor is easily identified. Then, at specific controlled monitor points, the visitor pass badge is simply swiped and a high quality digital image appears to the HM Prison Service Officers thus verifying that the correct person is passing through.

Furthermore, biometrics can be combined with the visitor badges to operate the system, since Tensor’s range of dermal fingerprint reading technology gives increased accuracy and reliability, and is perfect for when irrefutable proof of identity is required.

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