'The images of everyday prison life are, however, much closer to reality than the two extremes - the cheerful cartoon world of Porridge and the pictures of prisoners dancing on the Strangeways roof - that we generally see, and between which we see very little. The perspective of the prisoners themselves, though, is largely missing. In a sense that reflects the problem of the system itself: the prisoners are merely the objects on a production line rather than human beings with legitimate opinions and a role to play. The realistic image is also a useful counterpoint to current hysteria about juvenile crime. It's a useful reminder of the kind of institution that people are clamouring for young offenders to be sent to.'
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