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University of West London Law Students Get First-Hand Account of Life Behind Bars

A former prisoner who spent more than 20 years of his life behind bars has visited the University of West London to share his experience with Ealing Law School students.

Charles Young, founder of the London Anti-Crime Education Scheme (LACES), spent the day at the University of West London to provide a first-hand account of the two decades he spent in prison.

The event was organised by the President of the University’s Criminology Society, Milena Wzietek and Treasurer of the Criminology Society, Steve Whitehead. It was attended by students from across the Ealing Law School when it took place earlier this year.

To create the authenticity of a prison environment, Charles set up a collapsible prison cell so that students were able get a real sense of the prison environment. Charles went on to explain some of the difficulties he faced on a daily basis whilst being in prison.

Students were also able to hear the life stories of three young people that Charles is currently mentoring as part of the programme. They spoke about their personal childhood struggles, street violence and that crucial moment of realisation, when they were introduced to Charles' programme.

Afterwards, students were briefed on the future plans for the LACES project, which has transformed the lives of many young people, steering them away from the criminal path whilst providing help and support.

The event was a further example of how students at the Ealing Law School have the opportunity to learn about the UK legal system first-hand.

To find out more about the Ealing Law School please visit www.uwl.ac.uk/academic-schools/law