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How can prisoners 'work harder' when they've got nothing to do?

PUBLISHED April 30, 2013

Opening today's papers, I was bemused to read about Chris Grayling's plans for prison reform. He says he wants to make prisoners "work harder" for their privileges, but doesn't give any details about what such "privileges" that reward good behaviour might look like. "Perks" like Sky TV are to be withdrawn, apparently, which struck me as quite strange, given that most prisons don't offer Sky TV anyway. Then it dawned on me: was the great privatising justice secretary perhaps having a pop at the private security companies that run some of his prisons?

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