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Tim Westwood meets three teenagers and finds out if the threat of prison puts them off committing crime. None of them has been inside. Yet. But they all have one thing in common - they're at risk. At risk of ending up in behind bars.

For some young people the threat of a prison sentence is not a deterrent from a life of crime, it's a status symbol. Some see it as an inevitable consequence of life on the streets.

We hear their thoughts and get a first-hand insight into gang life. They tell us how they feel about their lives and the direction they're taking, and whether or not they think they will end up in prison.

Then Westwood goes inside to find out what life in prison is really like. He takes the recordings of their voices into jail and plays them to three men serving sentences in Her Majesty's prisons.

The prisoners once walked in the teenagers' shoes but now know the reality of prison life. They respond to the stories they hear, talking candidly about life inside and about the paths they took that led them to prison. Crucially, they record messages to send back, to dispel any myths about the glamour of prison and to try to persuade them to take a different path.

Then, in a powerful and moving ending, Westwood gathers the teenagers together and plays them the messages the prisoners recorded for them - true stories from inside prison. Will those words have an impact?

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"1Xtra DJ Adele Roberts knows from her own experience that coming out can be complicated - but is it easier today than ever before?

To find out Adele talks to young people around the UK and hears their coming out stories. How did they face up to the challenge of being honest about their sexuality with themselves and the people closest to them? And what is their advice to others in a similar situation?

The programme features contributions from the likes of Jaymi Hensley - the X-Factor contestant and member of Union J who came out half way through the last series of the biggest talent show on telly. It also looks at the experiences of 'out' celebrities from the worlds of music and entertainment such as Frank Ocean and Stooshe.

Having decided to make this programme, Adele went on Radio 1's Surgery to tell her own coming out story and ask for others to contribute. She got a massive response and it's the personal stories of these contributors that are at the heart of 'Coming Out', giving a snapshot of exactly what it's like for young people to come out as lesbian, gay or bisexual in the UK today.