Another tour, another group of supporters.

by Steve Freer

Another tour, another group of supporters.

So part of our day today 5/12/17 is taking a group of students on a tour of Armley jail, our old stomping ground for over 25years. Yesterday we did a talk at the University Of Leeds and today the students will see with their own eyes, what a sad environment prison really is. Built in 1847 the Victorian jail stands on a hill just outside the centre of Leeds and to this day it is an imposing sight on the horizon. It is not so many years ago it was understandably referred to by the local press as “The hanging house of horrors,” such were the high level of suicides. However todays tour is to help the students to understand how a prison operates and to meet some of those locked up. This will hopefully help them to make a more informed decision when deciding if a prison is where they should work. It will also show them that the vast majority of prisoners are people who have had an unfortunate start in life, and who just need someone to show them a different route other than crime. Most importantly they will realise that prisons are not the places depicted by some of our tabloid media, and they may well be shocked to see positive interactions between staff and prisoners. Yes there are a few very dangerous individuals deservedly locked up, but these are vastly outnumbered by those who have never been shown the right way and have made a mistake or bad decision. If today we can change a dozen attitudes and mind sets , then it has been worth the time.