Last week, amid the furore over the re-arrest of Jon Venables, I was asked to take part in a debate on local radio. The question asked was: can leopards change their spots? Asking that of me – a former dedicated career criminal, turned honest hack – is like asking "is the Pope a Catholic"?

Convicted of drug smuggling, Kemi and Tasha Ryan thought leaving prison was the end of their sentence. It was more like the start. Now they are taking their anti-crime message into schools

Britains Forgotten Female Prisoners - Sophie Gost

In the last decade the number of women in prison has doubled to 4267 in England & Wales. We jail more woman than any other country in Western Europe and the risk of re-offending for women is four times higher than men.

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