13 June 2017
Prison Me! No Way!
Last week Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) students got a detailed insight into the life of a convicted prisoner as they took part in the 'Prison Me! No Way!' workshops.
Taking place at the College's Worcester campus the students, who are all currently enrolled on the College's STEP programme, participated in four workshops to complement and support their 'Young People Law and Order' unit.
The day included a 'Choices and Consequences' workshop where students heard a thought-provoking bespoke presentation, from an ex-prisoner, giving a full and honest account of their lifestyle choices which led to their imprisonment and the effects this had on themselves, their family and their future.
In addition, the students also had the opportunity to see the inside of a prison cell. The life size replica and fully furnished prison cell has been adapted to fit inside a Luton Box Van, visually and realistically presenting cell contents and inmates' living conditions.
Speaking about the day STEP student, Chloe Pugh, said:
"The day was totally not what I expected. It was really good to hear all of the stories first-hand because it makes you think twice about your life choices and decisions."
Fellow student Kieron Doyle, found the prison cell experience particularly eye-opening saying:
"The prison cell experience was horrible and dark and not somewhere you would ever want to be."
Prison Me! No-Way! is a national educational charity with a core aim of raising awareness among young people about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime.