Bring­ing pos­i­tiv­ity to young crim­i­nals

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - COLIN WIL­LIAMS Ad­dress sup­plied

I WAS in St Christo­pher’s in the 1960s (‘When Big Mac site had a lot less at­trac­tion for young lads’, Gazette, Au­gust 6]. The head­mas­ter was a Mr Percy, I think.

This was a good place, as I was taught to weld, lay bricks and do wrought iron work.

I was there for two years un­til 1969.

My crime was rid­ing mo­tor­bikes, ie ‘joyrid­ing’.

This episode in my life was a pos­i­tive fac­tor – no nasty peo­ple in charge and if you be­haved all week you were al­lowed week­end home leave.

Bring th­ese kind of places back into the sys­tem for young kids, not prison, where all they learn is to be worse than when they first went inside.

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