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E-mail access to go on trial in Wandsworth prison

Antony Savvas

The government’s new National Offender Management Service (Noms) is to trial a secure e-mail system for prisoners at Wandsworth Prison in London as part of its attempt to cut re-offending rates.

Regular contact with family and friends while inside is seen as one factor when it comes to prisoners not returning to prison.

The trial e-mail system at Wandsworth may be rolled out to other prisons if it is successful.

The e-mail network used may only carry plain text messages and images would be blocked. The messages would also be monitored by prison staff.

Noms is also planning to roll out a number of on-line learning courses for prisoners in London, although access to the public internet may be blocked.

The plans for both initiatives have yet to be finalised by the Home Office, which oversees Noms’ work.

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