Education in prisons should be integrated within the outside education system (using curricula, materials and professionals from the community). This is important for normalising educational programmes and increasing the possibility for detainees to continue their education after release. As far as possible, children should receive compulsory schooling and other educational programmes (e.g. vocational training) in the community. This opportunity should also be available for adult detainees where possible. Educational qualifications gained by detainees in prison should not indicate that they were detained.
It is recommended that the government authorities responsible for public education (e.g. Ministry of Education) have responsibility for education in prisons, in coordination with the prison administration (UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education). In many contexts, the prison administration is given primary responsibility for this. It is also not uncommon that provision is subcontracted to community and voluntary sectors.
What is important is that education is provided according to a coherent government policy, with coordination among relevant actors to ensure the highest possible standards. Each prison should have an education policy in line with government policy and outlining the values and objectives of education and how this is to be provided.