Barlinnie Prison Visit

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Barlinnie Prison Visit

On Wednesday18th of November the Advanced Higher Modern Studies class visited Barlinnie prison as part of its study of the penal system. When the class arrived at the prison they went through various security procedures such as identification checks and bag scanning. We were then met by a guide who escorted us into the main prison area. Here the class experienced what a prisoner would go through when they arrive at the prison. We were put in holding cells where prisoners are put while they are being processed. We were also shown the interviewing techniques used to gather information about a prisoner and then we were shown around the medical unit. The class was then taken to one of the halls. This was an interesting insight for the class as we were shown a detention cell used for difficult prisoners and also a cell that a prison would usually occupy whilst in prison. A deputy governor of the prison met the class to answer any questions that they had. The class asked about a variety of issues such as drugs in prisons, overcrowding, the difference between state run and privately run prisons, what is the cause of crime and duration of sentences. The pupils also used the opportunity to ask questions relating to their dissertation topics which are an integral part of the Advanced Higher course. The visit was in addition to a visit from a prison officer to the school earlier in the academic year when the class was able to get detailed answers and opinions to help the students understand how the prison service operates. The visit to Barlinnie was very beneficial to the class as they were able to see the penal system in action and increase their knowledge of the subject.

Calum Downey (S6)