New PLA Briefing: Digital Technology in Prisons

Home > New PLA Briefing: Digital Technology in Prisons

08 July 2020


The Prisoner Learning Alliance has published a new briefing, The Digital Divide: Lessons from prisons abroad.

The briefing looks at effective uses of digital technology in prison education around the world from Spain and Australia, including examples such as in-cell tablets and virtual-reality headsets. Projects in other countries demonstrate that it is possible to provide safe, secure, restricted intranet and internet access to prisoners.

Based on these examples, some of our recommendations include:

  • HMPPS should develop and implement a national strategy to ensure that there is a single consistent secure infrastructure for connecting devices and making apps available for learners of all abilities to access educational content.
  • In-cell devices must become the norm and an automatic entitlement that is removed only in exceptional circumstances.

Read more of the case studies and our full set of recommendations in the briefing.

© Prisoner Learning Alliance 2024

whois: Andy White Freelance WordPress Developer London