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Prisoners to be allowed to go out to work, confirms Gove

The Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, has admitted there are big problems within the prison system and that some institutions in England and Wales are not fit for purpose.

In an interview with the BBC, he confirmed that prisoners would be allowed to go out to work for employers for the first time, as part of the biggest raft of reforms since Victorian times.

Labour has welcomed the proposals but said the government has presided over a rise in the number of prisoners and reductions in staff.

Lucy Manning reports.

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