Allow phones and photos to help prisoners rehabilitate

Prisoners are often housed in remote locations, making visits difficult.
Prisoners are often housed in remote locations, making visits difficult.PHOTO: ST FILE

These are dark days in a country torn by Brexit and years of austerity, which have widened the gap between rich and poor. And few places are as gloomy as the prison system, where shocking levels of violence and drug abuse mean there are few positives for those tasked with inspecting the penal estate.

It was a pleasant change, then, to hear of a scheme being praised by Britain's chief inspector of prisons, Mr Peter Clarke.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 13, 2019, with the headline 'Allow phones and photos to help prisoners rehabilitate'. Print Edition | Subscribe