Thursday, August 20, 2015

Internet penetrates prison bars to boost inmates' education - DEIDRE MUSSEN, NZ Stuff

No bars to education is the Corrections Department's mantra with its new programme to allow internet into prisons. Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-liga launched the secure online learning project at Rimutaka Prison on Thursday morning, which will run in prisons around New Zealand. Two-thirds of the country's prisoners were "basically illiterate", he said. Lifting inmates' literacy and numeracy with modern technology would reduce reoffending because their new digital skills would help them to gain jobs once they left jail. The scheme was trialled in 2013 for six months at the youth unit in Christchurch Men's Prison, and proved a big success, so it continued there for the past two years.

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