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Last Updated: Tuesday May 24 2005 16:04 GMT

Worksheet: My life behind bars

Under lock and key
"Jake" has been in and out of secure accommodation since he was 11.

He tells us what it's like, and why he doesn't want to go back once he's out.

"I stopped going to school when I was 10 or 11, and then I started mixing with the wrong people.

We started breaking the law, robbing people and just stupid things like that.

At the time, it gives you a bit of a buzz, and it makes you feel big, but afterwards you do feel sorry.

My first time being locked up was when I was 11. I got eight months but got an early release for good behaviour.

I've been in and out since then. I didn't want to stay out, I just wanted to go out and have a laugh.

I don't want to come back in

I think my attitude has changed now. I have matured physically and mentally.

I want a job when I get out, to go to college. I don't want to come back in.

When you're locked up, your freedom's taken away.

You've got to ask to go to the toilet, change the channel on the telly, it's horrible.

I just want to be out getting on with my life. I'm getting a flat for myself when I get out."


Answer these questions:

1.How old was "Jake" when he stopped going to school?

2. Describe his friends.

3. How did "Jake" break the law?

4. How did crime make "Jake" feel at first?

5. How did crime make him feel afterwards?

6. When "Jake" was 11, how long did he spend in a secure unit?

7. What was his main concern when he was younger?

8. What does "Jake" want to do with his life now?

9. "Jake" gives some examples of having his freedom taken away. What are they?