A two-part BBC documentary series which delves into the stories which lie behind the crimes of several men and women serving time in Northern Ireland’s prisons. Through a number of intimate interviews with the inmates themselves and those working in the prisons we come to better understand the environment as a whole and reasons people have found themselves in such a place.
Phil Wragg, the Director of Prisons for the NI Prison Service sums it up pretty well with the following quote:
Imprisonment is not punishment. Coming to prison is the punishment; the depravation of liberty taken by the court is the punishment., Imprisonment is about understanding why somebody finds themselves here, and starting the journey of rehabilitation.
We see how there is a wide range of reasons why people are in prison but as the series progresses it becomes quite clear that these problems primarily are a result of poor upbringing, learning disabilities, poverty, drug abuse, etc.
Prison is said to be a place for rehabilitation, an effort to correct the issues mentioned above but in reality how much rehabilitation is going on?