I'm a regular listener to Ed Miliband & Geoff Lloyd's 'Reasons to be Cheerful' podcast, and thought that this particular episode would be of interest to those studying criminology and/or the penal system. It comes in at just under an hour & a half, so not a quick listen, but it raises some interesting points.
From the podcast's web site:
Hello! Our prison system is in crisis. Overcrowding, re-offending, self-harm and riots. What is to be done? Our guests tell us there is reason to think things can change for the better. Nils Oberg tells us how they do it so much better in Sweden, Vicky Pryce tells us what the economics teaches us, and former Lord Chancellor Charlie Falconer tells us how we can navigate the politics.