We spent a morning outside Strangeways prison talking to men who had just been released - this is what they told us


Drugs delivered by drone, damning inspectors’ reports, complaints of inmates being confined to cells for 24 hours a day because of staff shortages.A series of stories has put the spotlight on conditions in UK jails in recent times, prompting government ministers to pledge to increase officer recruitment, improve prison safety, and propose reform.Most recently, Forest Bank, the privately-run Salford jail, has been at the centre of controversy, with reports of an escape attempt, staff suspensions, violent attacks and self-harm emerging.

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