Reading can reduce crime, says Gosport MP

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AN MP wants the government to improve prisoners’ reading skills to cut down on re-offending.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage said teaching inmates to read cuts re-offending and boosts rehabilitation.

It comes as Ms Dinenage spoke in the House of Commons about a report from the Business, Innovation, and Skills Committee, which said the ability to read is critical for rehabilitation.

Outside of the chamber, Ms Dinenage said: ‘There is a clear link between those people who leave prison without any real skills and those who instantly slip back into a life of crime.

‘If we don’t equip people with the right skills then we can’t hope to properly rehabilitate them.

‘The ability to read is so fundamental that we have to do everything we can.’