Hardeep Matharu
prisons and criminal justice reporter, Byline

Hardeep is a prisons and criminal justice reporter.

She writes a column exploring possible solutions to the prisons crisis and the need to have a wider debate in society about the role of criminal justice for the independent journalism website Byline.

Hardeep started her career at the Epsom Guardian newspaper, where she was named the 2012 Trainee Feature Writer of the Year by the National Council for the Training of Journalists. She went on to work as a news reporter at The Independent before turning freelance.

Her work at the Epsom Guardian, covering local MP and then Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s reforms of the justice system, attracted praise from campaigners and charities.

This included going inside High Down prison – one of the very few journalists to be given access to a jail at that time – and the trial of 11 of its inmates charged with prison mutiny following a riot over deteriorating conditions. Her reporting culminated in a wide-ranging interview with the then chief inspector of prisons Nick Hardwick.

Hardeep has a law degree from the University of Cambridge.

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