I love my job as a prison psychologist. But it’s time I was paid fairly

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I go to parole board hearings and advise on whether violent and sexual offenders are ready for release. It’s a huge responsibility – and my salary should reflect that

Over the past 10 years I have seen a lot. Being a prison forensic psychologist is not a job for the faint hearted, but I love it.

As a forensic psychologist I am closely involved in assessing and treating criminal behaviour. I frequently go to parole board hearings and advise on whether violent and sexual offenders are suitable for release. It took an undergraduate degree, a masters and an ongoing professional development diploma to get here. It is a huge responsibility – and yet my salary is £29,000. I take home just £1,500 a month.

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