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As a teenager, John was jailed for assaulting someone and stealing their bike. That was 17 years ago – will he ever be released?

Indeterminate sentences are devastating to mental health, but prisoners with mental illness are less likely to be released. The result is a vicious cycle whereby the most vulnerable inmates often have the least chance of getting out – as John’s case shows. By Sophie Atkinson. Hel ...  Show more

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As a teenager, John was jailed for assaulting someone and stealing their bike. That was 17 years ago – will he ever be released?

Indeterminate sentences are devastating to mental health, but prisoners with mental illness are less likely to be released. The result is a vicious cycle whereby the most vulnerable inmates often have the least chance of getting out – as John’s case shows. By Sophie Atkinson. Hel ...  Show more

From the archive: Can computers ever replace the classroom?

We are raiding the Guardian Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2020: With 850 million children worldwide shut out of schools, tech evangelists claim now is the time for AI education. But as ...  Show more

The man who turned his home into a homeless shelter

Stuart Potts is an unlikely do-gooder – a former crack addict who has hit rock bottom more than once. But since 2020, he has offered hundreds of homeless people a bed in his small flat – and for many of them, it has been life-changing. By Samira Shackle. Help support our independ ...  Show more

From low-level drug dealer to human trafficker: are modern slavery laws catching the wrong people?

When I heard that a boy from my primary school had been convicted of trafficking, I had to find out what had happened to make him fall so far. By Francisco Garcia. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod 

From the archive: How globalisation has transformed the fight for LGBTQ+ rights

We are raiding the Guardian Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2021: Much progress has been made in attitudes towards sexual equality and gender identity – but in many places a dramatic bac ...  Show more