But this is already being done in India at Hyderabad's Cherlapally Central Jail. An IT firm is working with authorities to turn hundreds of educated convicts into workers in the BPO sector.
Those working on the UK project might only earn £3 per day but this will be supplemented by giving them access to the personal details of thousands of people.More valuable than a cigarette in prison.
Whatever next? TVs, the internet or even the chance to work with celebrity chefs?