Youngsters get a taste of prison life

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YOUNGSTERS had the chance to experience life behind bars and speak to a prisoner as part of a crime-busting initiative.

Pupils at Shirebrook Academy were able to get a taste of prison life thanks to the educational scheme, aimed at encouraging youngsters to stay on the right side of the law.

Students had the opportunity to see inside a realistic mock-up of a cell and chat to prisoners – taking part in the initiative as part of their rehabilitation – about their experiences.

Pupil Bryony McMallay said the scheme was “very educational.”

The 12-year-old added: “The cell wasn’t very nice at all – it was really small and smelled of damp.

“The prisoner told me they felt very remorseful and sad because they missed their family – I’d hate to be in that position.”

Derbyshire County Council organised the initiative with educational charity Prison Me No Way! – which aims to prevent youngsters entering a life of crime – and local emergency services.

Cllr Carol Heart, cabinet member for public health at Derbyshire County Council, said: “These activities support our work to encourage youngsters to think about the consequences of their actions and help keep them out of trouble.

“The sessions were very well received by the young people, teaching staff and parents who say their impact leaves a lasting impressions.”

Inspector Barry Thacker, of Derbyshire Police, said: “This scheme delivers an important message to youngsters through an interactive, impactive, and memorable experience.

“It’s about giving young people a realistic insight into the lives of people who make the wrong choices and encourage them to consider the consequences of their actions on themselves and their victims.”

More Prison Me No Way! workshops will take place in the next few months.

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