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Baristas behind bars: UK prisoners swap crime for coffee

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By ITN News Editor March 4, 2019 12:51

Baristas behind bars: UK prisoners swap crime for coffee

Every morning, the whirr of an industrial-scale coffee roaster and the sharp hiss of a milk frother can be heard as customers queue to get their caffeine fix at a most unusual spot: inside one of Britain’s toughest young offenders prisons.Staffed by prisoners aged 18 to 21, the Redemption Roasters cafe inside Aylesbury prison, about 60 miles northwest of London, trains inmates with speciality coffee skills in a bid to help them to find jobs upon release.

The small-scale coffee company is part of a growing number of businesses globally that aim to have a positive social impact while turning a profit. For 20-year-old Vince, whose real name could not be used, being productive and learning new skills instead of sitting idly in a cell means his years in jail have not been squandered.With nearly 4,000 men aged 18-20 in prison in the U.K. last year, according to official statistics, helping them find meaningful and stable work when they leave custody is a key priority.About one in three adult prisoners commit a crime within a year of their release, government data shows, costing the country roughly 15 billion pounds annually.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 4, 2019 12:51

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