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Crime Prevention
Visit the Northumbria Police website for useful crime prevention tips.

What are prisons for?

Until about 200 years ago the main kind of punishment for crimes in England and Wales were execution or being sent to Australia for slave labour.

Prisons are used to take away someone’s freedom as punishment if they are convicted of committing a crime. They are also used to keep dangerous people away from the public.

Court house

In UK prisons, prisoners are offered the chance to learn skills which will make it easier for them to fit back into society as law abiding citizens.

This means people in prison can get education and training, which might include sitting exams and having a job while they serve their sentence.