chapter  3
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Pictures of prison work, and comparisons with outside

The 1990s were a far cry from the days when the typical prisoner sat in his cell sewing mailbags. In several years the annual report of the Prison Service included glossy photographs showing inmates occupied in a great variety of ways,1 and in spring 1996 only one workshop in one prison (Leeds) was making mailbags. In this chapter we have two main purposes: to describe various kinds of prison work in some detail, and to compare most of them with examples of similar work in outside industry.