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Prisoners helping prisoners

Ben Okri delves into the subject of prison literacy

Half of all prisoners in the UK are functionally illiterate.

That means half of the 85,000 people we have in jail have a reading age of 11 or lower - with 20% falling well short of that mark.

Our guest editor Ben Okri went to visit HMP Isis in Thamesmead South East London for this podcast.

(Image: Ben Okri and Angela Cairns, credit: BBC)

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14 minutes