23 Mar 2015

Prison education needs internet - academic

10:37 am on 23 March 2015

A convicted murderer who completed Bachelor and Masters degrees while in prison says inmates who want to study should be allowed access to the internet.

The Government is boosting the number of education courses available to prisoners from 900 last year to 1700 this year.

Paul Wood earned his degrees during the 11 years he spent in prison for murdering his drug dealer when he was 18.

Dr Wood has welcomed the move to increase the number of courses available, but said the Government should be making it as easy as possible for prisoners to study.

"I have spoken in a mentoring capacity to a couple of people who are trying to persue tertiary education in prison now.

"And it is actually more difficult because so much of the stuff is online, whereas I think I was studying during what was probably the last period of heavy paper-based distance education."

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