Prison Visit Eye-Opener for Justice Students; Research into Facial Expressions Could Help People with Williams Syndrome
THE truth about life in prison was revealed when students went behind bars for a tour of Cardiff Prison.
The criminal and community Justice students from the University of Wales, Newport, were able to compare the popular image of prison life with the reality when they spoke to inmates, prison staff and visited various facilities including the detox, life and segregation units.
"I found the visit very useful as it made me realise that life in prison is not a holiday camp," 36-year-old Kara Trebilcock whose ambition is to be a prison officer.
"I used to think of the image portrayed by the media of life behind bars as being cushy was true. Now I know better - it's a lot harder than I imagined, often with two people sharing a cell.
"The visit made me even more determined to work in a prison. I also think there should be school visits to prisons - it would show children what it's actually like in there."
Fellow student Tom McGuinness, 38, was impressed by the empathy shown towards the prisoners by staff.
"The attitudes of the staff were very professional. I was pleasantly surprised by the workshops and the opportunities for inmates to further their education," he said. …