'Reporter wanted, criminal record preferred'

The Guardian wants an old lag to write about prisons. It has created the new job of prison correspondent to write exclusively about prisons across its news and features sections.

The paper says it is ideally interested in appointing a recent former prisoner to this role, which will involve writing about all aspects of prisons, from day-to-day stories of life behind bars to broader areas of penal policy.

Editor Alan Rusbridger explained: “Appointing an ex-prisoner to this position might open windows on this world which might not be so readily available to a conventional journalist. Whole areas of penal policy – including sentencing, drug treatment, rehabilitation, private versus public prisons, parole, education and so on – are given insufficient attention in many papers. We hope to remedy that.”

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