Prison scheme scrutinised

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A scheme designed to keep young people out of prison featured at the beginning of Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday 9 April 2013.

Councillors watched a council-produced video featuring the event at Roding Valley High School.

Enthusiastic Year 10 Roding Valley pupils are said to have found the event incredibly powerful. Serving prison officers, police officers, the Safer Places charity and prisoners all gave their time and energy voluntarily.

This was the first event of its type in Essex. Staff from schools around the district attended Roding Valley to see the potential benefits. Councillors were keen to see the project expand and continue. Safer Communities Co-ordinator Caroline Wiggins reported on the low cost of the event at approximately £2,500. She indicated there was a good chance of further funding for other schools via the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Nick Alston. Each school would be asked to make a contribution of about £500 to the costs.

Councillors speculated that should the project prevent one pupil falling into a life of crime and prison, the project would have paid for itself.

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