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Radio Leeds highlights Crime and Justice

BBC Radio Leeds is continuing its focus on how global issues affect local people with a series of programmes looking at Crime and Justice issues in West Yorkshire.

It follows a week long investigation into Prostitution in the UK last year.

Journalists from the station travelled to Florida State Prison, home to Death Row, along with a local Conservative MP to record one of the features, to be broadcast as part of Crime and Justine week.

The station has been given access to HM Prison Leeds and will broadcast a programme made by inmates who run the prison’s own Phoenix Radio station. It reveals an insight into 24 hours in the life of a prisoner. The team also meets HMP Leeds Governor Paul Baker and follows a man on his journey from his first night in the cells, to the day of his release.

BBC Radio Leeds Managing Editor Rozina Breen comments: “BBC Radio Leeds will deliver a week of ambitious and compelling journalism. We’ve taken a global look at a local issue and put local eyes to a global issue. We aim to bring our listeners stories they have never heard before, the reality of life behind bars and the reasons people go into crime. We offer a unique, human appraisal of other – different – approaches to justice. These are stunning and unique stories from West Yorkshire and the world.”

The features can be heard each day this week, with a guide below:

Albert Pierrepoint documentary: Tuesday 10 July at 8am

Interview with Michael Mansfield: Wednesday 11 July at 2pm

Death Penalty documentary: Thursday 12 July at midday

Crime and Justice in the UK Debate: Friday 13 July at midday

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