Reformed ex-criminal warns MV16 students that crime doesn’t pay

Raf Ahmed from the Youth Offending Service in the mock prison cell with year 12 students Adam Benzie and Sharmila Mohankumar. 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Raf Ahmed from the Youth Offending Service in the mock prison cell with year 12 students Adam Benzie and Sharmila Mohankumar. 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

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A reformed criminal has enlightened Melton Vale Post-16 (MV16) students about the consequences of committing crime and the reality of life behind bars.

Raf Ahmed, in association with the Leicestershire Youth Offending Service, recently met with sixth form students at an assembly called ‘Crime and Time’ where he spoke about his personal experiences of being in prison, dispelling many of the myths that jail is a ‘soft option’.

Students had the opportunity to experience being in a replica six-by-eight feet prison cell, complete with a bed and toilet, to demonstrate the confined living space of a prison.

A-level law student Sam Cross said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for all the students at MV16, especially those studying A-level law and sociology.

“As an A-level law student it brought to life some of the topics we’ve learnt. For example the law on police detention and consideration of whether prison works in terms of retribution and the rehabilitation of offenders. The visit definitely got across the message that crime does not pay.”

In February MV16 will host a political awareness day ahead of the general elections in May where students will be able to put questions to Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan, Melton and Rutland MP, and Melton’s other prospective parliamentary candidates to encourage those who are eligible to vote.