'It's opened my mind for when I get out''
Now nearing the end of her sentence for robbery, Hazel didn't get much education before prison. "I was pregnant early so I lost out on schooling, " she says. "Before that school was all right but I was in and out of care so I had a lot of problems."
In prison, Hazel has done creative writing, media studies and aromatherapy, as well as getting certificates in hygiene and health. She organised a creative writing group herself for inmates. She has a place at a Birmingham college to study audio engineering, which involves setting up and operating a sound recording studio, when she is released.
"I prefer to do education," she says. "It's opened my mind for when I get outside and given me a better outlook. Before I came I was young and wild. But in here you've got time to put your mind into something. I think it should be just education in prison. Work just passes the time. But education makes people who've never read or writ before realise what their talents are."