Prison reform campaigner Ben Pickering has been speaking with radio stations across the UK about his plan to make prisoners sit GCSEs before being eligible for early release.
The ambassador for prison charity Storybook Dads, who served three years of a six-year sentence for mortgage fraud, discussed his proposal with stations including BBC Tees and UCB 1 this week.
Pickering, who is also a noted film maker and the author of new novel Freiheit, has submitted his recommendations to the Secretary of State for Justice and Prime Minister. He believes that making uneducated prisoners secure a minimum two GCSEs in English and Maths would cut reoffending rates by providing offenders with realistic job prospects on release.
You can listen to his interview on BBC Radio Tees here, from 20.20.
Pickering, a client of book PR agency Palamedes PR, wrote his acclaimed first novel, Freiheit, while behind bars. It is on sale now through Amazon.