Prisoners Could be Given iPads to Aid Literacy, Numeracy and... Skype Chats

By Gary Cutlack on at

One of the government's justice advisers has gone there and said something that'll infuriate some sectors of society, suggesting that prison inmates ought to be handed iPads in order to help their rehabilitation through learning, while also letting them stay in touch with relatives on the outside and earning privileges through organising fruit.

The move would make prison time into more of a positive learning experience for those willing to learn, says Sir Martin Narey, who explained: "Prisoners spend a lot of time in cells, and we need to make that time more constructive. They should be meeting a tutor once a week, but doing work on literacy and numeracy on their own. We could look at giving prisoners iPads to work on in their cells."

It's a sign of the times, says Narey, who added: "They were worried about having telephones on wings, but prisoners should be Skyping or Facetiming their children. We should use technology for education and to maintain family times."

Today's Daily Mail society would probably prefer prisoners were stuffed into orange uniforms and made to mine coal for free to sell to China, though, so he's unlikely to get much in the way of public support for such a move -- although sources say Justice Minister Michael Gove is considering the proposal. [Telegraph]

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