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Vicky Pryce: Why prison is not working

Recently released from jail, the economist and author on why the current system costs too much and locks up too many people

By Vicky Pryce  

“I was sentenced to eight months in prison in March of this year for taking my ex-husband’s speeding points on to my licence 10 years previously. I served two months inside—four days in Holloway in central London and just less than two months in East Sutton Park, an open women’s prison in Kent near Maidstone. That was followed by two months on a “tag” at home on a nightly curfew. The time spent inside, and the Home Detention Curfew (HDC) thereafter, are standard practice for anyone receiving a similar…

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