Sitting in the kitchen of Vicky Pryce's elegant south London home, it's hard not to think about the differences between her life and the lives of most of the women she met as she was serving her prison sentence earlier this year. Released from East Sutton Park open prison in May on an electronic tag after serving eight weeks of her eight-month sentence, Pryce has published a book about her experience. A combination of diary and economic analysis of the prison system, entitled Prisonomics, it is a sobering, compelling read that would serve as a blueprint for any politician who wanted to focus seriously on reform.

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