The Telegraph: Record numbers of graduates drawn into prison service by appeal of gritty TV films

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The Telegraph: Record numbers of graduates drawn into prison service by appeal of gritty TV films

#Charles Hymas, Home Affairs Editor at the Telegraph, writes about the inordinate rise in interest in the Unlocked programme from top graduates.

The article links the growing interest in the prison service to TV documentaries like Ross Kemp in Belmarsh, Crime and Punishment, which went behind the scenes with the Crown Prosecution Service and Hampshire police and Gareth Malone’s prison choir.

It also cites the professionalisation of the prison officer role and prospects for career advancement as drawcards for talented recruits. The author also credits the Unlocked scheme as major cause of changing perceptions and growing interest in the prison service. Its offers of a fully-funded master’s degree and other attractive career opportunities led to record interest in the programme in 2020.

Read the full article on The Telegraph online.