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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 April 2006, 08:08 GMT 09:08 UK
The trouble with leaving prison

Moving on after a jail sentence is something many former prisoners find difficult - re-offending, housing and finding work all problems.

We asked five ex-offenders about their experiences. Click on the names below to read their comments in full.

I just want to be comfortable and happy
I was very, very nervous and I still am
Prison... will help me to help others
I had to leave my friends and my family

I have been outside, but I don't like it


Micky's main priorities are finding a job, a place to live and avoiding a repeat of his past mistakes.

Micky Hammond
Prison is a 'very, very boring place'

He has been in prison "about 10 times" for driving offences, or theft "to get drugs", which he says he has stopped using.

The 31-year-old feels he has "wasted 10 years", including some away from his young daughter, but is confident that he can move on now.

"I'm not an old man - I can still achieve. I don't want the world, I just want to be comfortable and happy now."

He was released from Edmunds Hill jail, Suffolk, a