Overcrowded and understaffed: life in England’s crumbling prisons – podcast

When the 21-year-old terror suspect Daniel Khalife managed to escape from Wandsworth prison earlier this month, apparently on the underside of a van, it turned the spotlight on to what was really going on in England’s jails.

The Guardian’s north of England editor, Helen Pidd, has been investigating the state of prisons and tells Nosheen Iqbal she found in some cases a system close to breaking point. There’s chronic overcrowding, appalling conditions and a decimated workforce. Among it all are stories of staff struggling to cope and prisoners’ rehabilitation often more theory than practice.

In response, the government has promised to hire more guards and build more prison cells. But is that the answer?

Inmate just finished eating in his cell, HM  Prison Featherstone, Gloucestershire, UK (photograph: Mike Abrahams/Alamy Stock Photo)

Photograph: Mike Abrahams/Alamy

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