9pm Wednesday 4th May 2016 ITV1

Following on from their acclaimed films: HMP: Aylesbury, Wormwood Scrubs, Strangeways and Holloway, Wild Pictures opens up the closed world of Her Majesty’s Prison: Norwich which houses more than 750 inmates, ranging from seasoned criminals to young men serving their first prison sentence. Most of the 2.500 prisoners who come through its gates each year are husbands, fathers and sons. Their families can often be their only lifeline.

Half of all UK inmates are fathers, leaving nearly a quarter of a million children with a parent inside – twice the number affected by divorce. Many families don’t survive. Nearly half of all prisoners will lose touch with their family and a fifth of marriages will break up. Yet those who manage to keep family ties alive are six times less likely to reoffend.

This often emotional film gives a unique insight into the work of the prison in trying to keep prisoners families together … to break cycles of reoffending and hopefully change lives…

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann
Produced & Directed by: Kim Duke
Editor: Simon Battersby
Narrated by: Paul McGann
Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment
Distribution Title: Families Behind Bars

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