A reformed offender tells the remarkable story of how the parents of his victim helped him change. Plus, a sobering look at prison reform

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Future Prison | Prison Radio Association

Life contains small moments when everything changes for ever. When, in 2011, Jacob Dunne, 18, smacked James Hodgkinson, 28, in the face, over some minor infraction in which Dunne wasn’t even involved, several lives swerved off course. A few days later, James died. Dunne was convicted of manslaughter and went to prison. James’s parents, Joan and David, tried to pick up their lives. Dunne’s mother couldn’t: prevented from working as a childminder because of her son’s act, she lost her flat, started drinking and descended into alcoholism.

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