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Humane Justice

Mar 15, 2021

Jayne Richards works for the criminal justice charity Catch 22. She has won several awards for her work, including an Outstanding Service award presented to her by Princess Anne.

In 2005 she received a life sentence and served ten years behind bars. She is serving the remainder on a life licence.

Jayne describes in emotional detail what it was like arriving in prison from the courtroom where she'd received her sentence, and her first visit with her baby son.

She describes the moments of kindness that stopped her from ending her own life, and shares what she's learnt about crime and justice.

This episode contains strong language.

Jayne's essay comes from the book Humane Justice, published by the charity Khulisa as part of the Monument Fellowship.

You can download the book for free at

It's produced by the Prison Radio Association.