Pupils treated like prisoners

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Pupils at Eastwood Comprehensive School will get an inside look at life in prison at a special workshop being held at the end of the month.

The ‘Prison Me? No Way!’ national charity will visit the school on January 29 in a bid to put kids off mis-behaving and getting involved in the wrong crowds.

Pupils will be shown around a life-like prison cell and will take part in various workshops being hosted by the fire service and a drugs agency.

The charity that co-ordinates the sessions was originally set up by three serving prison officers back in 1994.

They wanted to help raise awareness among young people about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime and the effects of antisocial behaviour.

One of the charity volunteers Nathan Barber said: “We try to treat them like prisoners throughout the day as much as we can.

“We tend to work with years eight, nine and ten as there’s a lot of peer pressure around that age.”

The sessions at Eastwood Comp have been funded by the South Nottinghamshire Community Safety Partnership.

The partnership provides a number of initiatives to tackle crime including high-visibility policing, CCTV surveillance and project work.