On Friday 22nd March, selected pupils were lucky enough to be part of the ‘Prison! Me! No Way!’ Project. The project which was set up by 3 Prison Officers from HMP Hull in 1993. PMNW has operated as a registeredcharity; The No Way Trust Ltd since 1995, and has reached more than 5 million young people through the hard work and sheer determination of its volunteers, staff and trustees.
John Murray and Chris Hukins (MBE – for his services to the prison service), both former prison officers themselves, delivered a 1 hour presentation to the pupils. They spoke about their time as prison officers, things they had seen and had to deal with,along with discussing the age at which a young person could be arrested and sent to prison or a young offenders institute. Pupils were introduced to the afternoon by watching a very informative video. John and Chris then showed the students the type of attire prisoners might wear in prison (both male and female). This was then followed up with a prison cell layout, to show thestudents how small and cramped a prison cell can be.
Students were then given the opportunity to ask both John and Chris questions about the prison service and their time as prison officers. Pupils asked about the types of food that was available in prison, how long they were allowed out of their cells, if they were allowed to have Birthday and Christmas presents, and many more.
The afternoon was a great success and enjoyed by all that attended. We would like to thank John and Chris for their time and also the Prison! Me! No Way! Project.
For further information about the project and the programmes they offer, you can visit their website – http://www.pmnw.co.uk