Alford teenagers get a taste of life in Lincoln prison
YOUNGSTERS in Alford are facing a stint behind bars to gain an insight into prison life.
Following a successful pilot initiative that saw a group of young people taken to HMP Lincoln, two further visits have been organised.
A group of nine Alford youngsters, aged between 12 and 14, all of who have received Unacceptable Behaviour Warning Letters in recent months, will be visiting the prison on Friday.
The eye-opening trip has been organised by PCSO Dee Phillips and Police Community Volunteer Billy Spence with the help of Amanda Bailey, PA to the Governor.
On arrival at the prison, the group will be subjected to the strict security process and have to surrender their phones, chewing gum and other prohibited items under the watchful eye and sensitive nose of one of the prison security dogs.
Prison officers and drug dog handlers will talk about prison life and routines and the young people will get to sample 'porridge' for themselves in the canteen.
Later the group will listen to 'lifers' as they explain how the paths of their lives ultimately led to going to prison for murder.
PCSO Phillips said: "The young people in this group are at an age where they can be easily influenced.
"All of them have been involved in some form of anti-social behaviour resulting in them receiving warning letters and this visit will open their eyes to where such a path may eventually lead.
"One of the biggest surprises for the group who went in February was how young those prisoners were facing many years behind bars as a consequence of the bad company they kept when in their early teens and the trouble that led to. I hope their individual stories can make an impression on this group and help them steer their lives in a positive direction."
A further event has been planned for Friday, September 21when a group of 30 16 to 18-year-olds from John Spendluffe Technology College will visit the prison as part of their citizenship programme.