As part of the Year 13 BTEC Applied Science Forensics course students took a trip to Hollesley Bay Prison, to help with their Forensic Evidence unit. Hollesley Bay is an open prison where prisoners who have shown good behaviour are allowed a few more privileges and a chance to give back to the local community.
The site was vast and students were shown around by the deputy governor who was very passionate about his job. They were shown, or had described to them, most aspects of prison life, including looking at a cell, the canteen, recreational areas, workshops where skills were learnt, such as brick laying and plastering, the places for multi-faith worship and a new wing for older prisoners. A typical day in prison starts at 5am for breakfast and then prisoners work all day with time for relaxing in the evening. They are allowed to leave the site under strict rules and regulations and can have a few days with their families to allow them to slowly readjust to life outside in preparation for their release.
It was an interesting and thought-provoking experience.