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BBC News: Graduates fast-tracked into prison service

The government is backing a new scheme to get graduates working in the prison service, only days after disturbances at HMP Birmingham.

Graduates will work alongside frontline staff after an intensive training course in the summer and complete a master’s degree at the same time.

Trainees will earn £20,545 – a prison officer’s starting salary – during the two-year scheme in England and Wales.

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The Guardian: Bravo, Liz Truss. Unlocked could bring much needed change to our prisons.

Our jails are at capacity and reoffending rates sky high. But a new graduate recruitment scheme that puts rehabilitation at its core offers real hope.

As the disturbances in Birmingham showed, our prison system is in urgent need of improvement. The justice secretary is surely right to emphasise the need both to restore stability and deliver reform. The recruitment of 2,500 extra prison officers will help make prisons the secure places expected by the public – and deliver the stability we need if reform is to become a reality.

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