Ross Kemp behind bars

24 October 2017 For more information, please email our Press Office

We are sending Ross Kemp to HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow in a documentary commissioned by ITV.

Barlinnie is an iconic prison which has served the city for almost 150 years. Shot over seven days Ross learns about its dark past from the ten men who were executed here to the longest prison siege in Scottish history. Meeting prisoners and prison officers he experiences prison life today joining lifers as they prepare for freedom, working in the jail’s kitchen and meeting repeat offenders who struggle to end their life of crime.

“Are prisons there to rehabilitate or are they there to punish?  Can they achieve both of those things at the same time?

“Ultimately we are asking, do prisons work?”

Ross Kemp

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