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Frances Crook is the Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform.
More must be done to help offenders' access to literacy, both in and outside the prison system. After all, their education benefits everyone.
If the Prime Minister puts his words into action, then this speech could mark the beginning of a big shift on prisons policy.
The government talks a good game on prisons - but at the moment, the old failed policies hold sway