Prison Library Doesn't Have Enough Books To Do An English GCSE
Well stocked, you say?
The library catalogue at the UK's first private prison lacks 90% of the books on the GCSE English reading list.
Books that are available at HMP Birmingham.
Over half of prisoners have no GCSEs or any other qualifications when they are first imprisoned, and many try to learn while incarcerated.
BuzzFeed obtained the prison's library catalogue after a freedom of information request to Birmingham City Council, the local library authority.
HMP Birmingham was the first jail in the UK to be run by a private company, and is operated by the contractor G4S. It holds roughly 1,500 prisoners.
Chris Grayling has previously rubbished claims that stopping prisoners receiving books would affect access to books.
"Let's be clear about one thing: prisoners' access to reading material is not being curtailed," he wrote in a response published in March.