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Hardeep Matharu

Criminal justice reporter
Hardeep Matharu
Investigating our approach to prisons and criminal justice
Hardeep Matharu is a London-based journalist who has worked as a national and local news reporter, feature writer and editor.

The aim of her Byline column is to explore possible solutions to the crisis engulfing our prisons system and the need to have a wider debate about the role of criminal justice in society.

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 (NCTJ). She went on to work as a news reporter at The Independent before turning freelance.

She is currently commissioned as a staff investigations writer by the drugs policy think tank and online magazine Volteface, for which she writes on drugs, criminal justice and social affairs.

As chief reporter at the Epsom Guardian, her work covering local MP and then Justice Secretary Chris Grayling's reforms of the justice system attracted praise from campaigners and charities.

Her coverage included going inside High Down prison - one of the very few journalists to be given access to a jail at that time - and the criminal 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 Chief Inspector of Prisons.

Hardeep holds the NCTJ’s Multimedia Diploma in Journalism, its ‘senior’ examination, the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ), and is a NUJ freelance member.

She has a Law degree from the University of Cambridge.
crime, justice, prisons, society, offending, criminology