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The prisoner

Education, education and education

By Peter Wayne   May 2001

Education here at the Weare is compulsory. There are two reasons for this. First, recent research has revealed that 60 per cent of all inmates throughout the system have a reading ability below that of an average 12-year-old; our well- meaning director general has decided it’s time to raise their academic standards. Second-and this applies more directly on board this prison ship-there is nothing else to do. Having decreed some time ago that prisoners must spend more time out of their cells engaged in “purposeful activity,” the directors at headquarters, area managers and governors in situ are now finding this…

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