The wrong side of the law

When I first entered Armley Prison in Leeds in April 1971, having just received four years for arson plus two times six months consecutively for burglary and deception, I looked out of the cell window aware that the law stopped outside of the prison gates.

Thirty years ago John Hirst was jailed for killing his landlady. After studying law in prison, he explains how his experience on the inside gives him a new perspective

When I first entered Armley Prison in Leeds in April 1971, having just received four years for arson plus two times six months consecutively for burglary and deception, I looked out of the cell window aware that the law stopped outside of the prison gates.

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