Students offered in-depth view of prison system

Birmingham City University is offering students work experience and volunteering opportunities with offenders in the criminal justice system.

The six-month course is open to current and prospective students at any university and will give attendees an in-depth look at the prison system.

The university’s partner in the venture is non-profit organisation New Bridge Foundation. CEO Chris Thomas said: “Working in the criminal justice system, whether in a paid role or as a volunteer, is tough – it takes a particular set of knowledge and skills.

“Many students come to New Bridge to volunteer with prisoners but don’t yet have the knowledge and skills to be selected for further training.”

Thomas added: “This three-part certified course will give anyone interested in working with offenders key insights into the work, the reality of prisons and the role volunteers can play in helping someone turn away from crime.”

The introductory conference, held at the university on 19 October, will feature criminologist David Wilson, former prison governor and presenter of Channel 5 television programme Killers Behind Bars, who will dissect the history of the prison system.