Prisoners' literacy and numeracy in the news

8 Mar 2017

The first story focuses on prison education initiatives in Christchurch prisons. Prison education programmes boosted the literacy and numeracy skills of 42 per cent of prisoners last year, according to Corrections' annual report, and there are plans to increase the number of prisoners participating in learning programmes by about 300 to 1300 each year. Read the full story here.

ACT leader David Seymour has unveiled a new corrections policy at his party's conference - to teach prisoners how to read and write, with the incentive of weeks per year shaved off their sentences. More detail is available here.