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Want to hear directly from young people in the criminal justice system? Our blogs are written by young people in custody, those in the community with experience of the criminal justice system, Young Advisors and the occasional member of the U R Boss staff team thrown in.

Posted by Laura Young Advisor @ U R Boss

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Is a prison term ever truly spent?

Recently, at a Howard League event, I met another of the UR Boss Young Advisors. She has come so far since being convicted and comes across as a very accomplished young woman. She was a friendly, intelligent and bubbly person with a firm head on her shoulders. As we spoke I really respected the positivity which she has in the wake of her prison experience, and the direction she is going in with her life as she seeks to have a positive effect on others with a similar background. That’s why, in the midst of all my admiration, I was shocked to hear that she gets nervous about disclosing her conviction too. 

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Posted by Young Advisor Samir @ U R Boss

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How it feels to be stopped & searched

I was recently stopped and searched and feel very unhappy about what happened and how I was treated. It was around 7pm, in an area away from where I live.  There were two unmarked cars and five officers.

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Posted by Young Advisor Samantha @ U R Boss

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Growing up and moving on

Over the years I feel like I’ve matured with how I react and deal with situations, but I don’t think who I am has changed. The type of energy that caused me to lash out when I’m angry, I still have, but now I refuse to lash out because that’s not going to help the situation. Ultimately I want to treat people the way I want to be treated. I would hate for someone to judge me without knowing the situation so I try not to judge other people.

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Posted by Laura Young Advisor @ U R Boss

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The more I said the less I was heard

When I ended up in prison at the age of 19, it was a shock for everyone who knew me, myself, and even my lawyer. I entered into a world I knew nothing about and a world where I felt that the more I said the less I was heard. 

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Posted by Young Advisor Samantha @ U R Boss

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My message to the police? Be willing to listen

For me, my first impression of the police was during a family domestic. I was nine my sister was 13/14. She was manhandled by the police. Then a couple of days later I was walking with my friends in the street, some police saw me and asked if she was so OK? [I was really embarrassed, my friends didn’t know what had happened and I wasn’t going to tell them, now everyone knew the police had been involved with my family]. That’s why my experience of the police feels different to others.

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