Prison Education: A Chance for Social Rehabilitation for Convicts? Selected aspects of Theory and Practice


Daria Becker-Pestka

During the process of social re-adaptation of convicts, education comes as exceptionally significant factor. The lack of education makes social re-adaptation more difficult and it can also contribute vastly to recidivism. Acquired qualifications and professional competences decrease the risk of unemployment and they reinforce economic independence of convicts. They become tools which can be applied to prevent social exclusion and boredom. The significance of prison education for convicts is reflected in directives and penitentiary policies of many European countries, including Poland. The aim of prison education is to increase chances for successful social re-adaptation, improvement of moral attitudes in convicts and their self-respect.


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