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Prison jobs always cause controversy ? from breaking rocks to market research

PUBLISHED August 21, 2013

The Sun, and, of course, Labour MP Keith Vaz are outraged that prisoners in the West Midlands are cold-calling home-owners to sell insurance. The Prison Service says the inmates ? who are paid £20 a week by a market research company ? are unable to access the personal details of those they are calling, but sometimes, the Prison Service just cannot win. They are castigated for allowing prisoners to lie in bed all day, in jails where there is no work, but then get it in the neck for allowing inmates to carry out productive work, which can lead to employment, and rehabilitation, on release.

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