"The first thing you notice about prison is the smell: stale smoke and sweat and sometimes incense and sometimes weed and crackpipes. It smells of hundreds of years of sadness and desperation and anger and hurt and depression and anxiety. It smells of the lowest of the low; of the rejects of society, too ugly or violent or scary for anyone to truly care about. It smells of defeat. It smells of grown men who gave up caring about themselves long ago, if they ever did."
Come with former social care worker, Angela Kirwin for a journey inside prison like no other. For over a decade, she witnessed the very best and worst of humanity in the most extreme of circumstances.
Now she wants to tell the stories of the men she met, because she believes that prison is failing everyone, damaging the most vulnerable people in our societies, creating habitual criminals, leaving us all less safe and contributing to a society that is immeasurably less humane. Every year, we spend billions of pounds on a system that fundamentally doesn't work.
Rather than a separate world full of people that aren't like us, prison is where the most damaged and vulnerable people in our society end up and we all need to urgently care about that, so we can change it.
Because the state of our prisons is criminal.