Broken bars

Behind the brick walls topped with curls of barbed wire, the atmosphere in Birmingham prison is calm. The Church of England chaplain munches his lunchtime sandwiches next to the chip-eating imam, who describes the place as "the prison United Nations" for its variety of coloured faces.

The diversity officer sifts through complaints - each of which he will investigate - and a large Sikh prison officer, Raj Mander, explains how a transformation of the jail over four years has helped create a national benchmark for race relations in prisons.

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