Posted by Alice Irvine on the 01 Mar 2016

A group of ten students visited HMP Brixton as part of the ‘KeepOut’ crime diversion scheme.

KeepOut is the first crime diversion scheme to be delivered by dedicated teams of serving prisoners – managed by civilian staff – inside UK prisons. Prisoners are trained by KeepOut to run intervention programmes for young people that inform, support and divert those between 13 and 17 who are either at risk of entering the criminal justice system or are already involved in criminal activity.

Student spent the day talking to and listening to prisoners who spoke to them about why they were imprisoned and the journey that led to their crime. Most importantly, they spoke with honesty about choices they made, and their words had a message of diverting our students away from engaging in criminal activities – a hard hitting message, but one of great importance for our students to see first hand.

For further details about the scheme please visit