The Bishop and the Prisoner

In this three part series the BBC is given a rare degree of access to prisons as it accompanies the Rt Rev James Jones, the Church of England's "Bishop for prisons," into the country's jails

Conversations with prisoners - voices rarely heard on radio - are the centrepieces of these programmes, but the Bishop also talks to prison staff, politicians and opinion-formers about what prison should be for, how prisoners can be helped to become useful citizens and whether community sentences can ever win the public's confidence as a viable alternative to prison.

Hear the full series on Daybreak with Wayne Clarke

Series will start with an interview with Bishop James from 8am followed by the series starting at 8.30am on Radio Merseyside Jan 29th