Pupils were given a taste of what life is like behind bars

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Teenagers from Hall Park Academy, Eastwood, were given a unique insight life behind bars recently as they took part in a ‘Prison Me – No Way’ session to learn more about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime and the effects of anti-social behaviour.

All Year 8 pupils at the school attended the sessions, where they met serving prisoners to hear their stories about how crime had impacted on their lives and those around them.

The sessions, run by Prison Officers, are just one of a number of education initiatives taking place in the North of Broxtowe Borough to raise awareness about and reduce anti-social behaviour and crime in the local community.

Comments from the students about whether they will change their behaviour following the session included: “Yes, because I don’t want to go to prison and I want to get good grades.”

“Walk away from friends if they decide to do something bad.”

“Yes, because I think prison is a very lonely place and I don’t want a criminal record.”

The No Way Trust is a national educational charity set up in 1995 by prison officers who wanted to make an impact on the lives of young people.