Vicky Pryce learned the hard way about life inside Britain’s prisons.
The former wife of disgraced politician Chris Huhne served a nine-week sentence for her part in the affair of his speeding points.
Now she is drawing on her experience to demand change in the way the system treats women prisoners. She was in the North East this week to discuss her findings.
Her focus on education and employment has got to be absolutely right. If prison is to work then prisoners must leave with a chance of making a fist of life on the outside. Too few inmates – men or women – get that chance.
Jonathan Aitken, another high profile former prisoner, has also tackled the issue of prison reform with energy since his release.
Theirs are voices for people who can often be voiceless. They deserve to be listened to.