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Training for a Life in Prison

From violence and contraband to training and graduation, we follow four new recruits and find out why they want to become prison officers.

Our prisons have been described as being 'in crisis'. Violence and drugs are commonplace. So why would anyone want to work in one? With exclusive access to HMP Holme House on Teesside, we follow a group of trainee prison officers as they prepare for a life on the inside. Arron, Rebekah, Lyle and Syra have all decided to change career, and are part of the government's plans to recruit 2,500 prison officers by the end of 2018. What are the real pressures of working in a jail? How do you deal with violent prisoners? And what are the dangers of being exposed to 'Spice'? We follow four new recruits as they learn to cope with the volatile atmosphere of prison life. Do they still think they’re cut out for the job?

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27 minutes