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Thousands of jobs to be created in prisons

16 February 2012 Last updated at 18:54 GMT

In the week that UK unemployment rose again, it has emerged that up to 20,000 jobs are to be created inside prisons in England and Wales.

Prisoners would be paid below the minimum wage and some of their earnings would go to help victims of crime.

But critics say any new jobs should go to hard working people, not convicts.

Mark Easton reports.