Soon to leave

We’ve come to our finals moments here in England. We’ve seen so many different things, been to numerous places and heard a number of different languages. Within the area of London there various people from all over. I found it interesting how much art and the number of portraits you find around here. Everyday had been so busy that the days began to mix and time had been lost. Walking through the streets, riding the tube, taking the bus- everything started to become natural. It started to feel as if I had been here for much longer than 10 days. I’ve learned quite a lot from this trip, not only about the criminal justice system, but also the culture and the way of living in England. The people are different. The food is very different, even if it was the same place as back home in America. Though that may be the case, different was needed for this period of time. I’m glad to be going home soon, but this trip was incredible. It wouldn’t have been the same without the group of people that attended, either. If I had another opportunity to study abroad, I would definitely take it.

Pentonville Prison

We’ve been here for a week, now. It has been quite the trip. Yesterday we went to the Pentonville Prison. This prison consists of male inmates, about 1,080 of them. The inner design of the prison is radial, which means there is a center area with hallways that come out from the center. To understand the format better, just look at your hand. The palm of your hand is the center of the prison where your fingers are the halls in which the cells for the inmates are located. There were 5 floors as well. Originally, the prison was created to hold about 500 inmates. It’s very old. Each door has a lock and a key is necessary to open it. This prison has been a huge influence though. Prisons from all over, like America, has a similar building layout. The inmates at Pentonville receive three meals a day, medical care, and have the ability to roam the halls where their cells are located. A large number of guards work during the day. Where at night the number decreases to about 7. It was a large prison, though very old. The tour itself was very interesting, along with the information learned. Due to security reasons, we were unable to have our phones with us, therefore we could not take a photo.
Though that may be the case, after the prison tour, we did go to Abbey Road. This is the cross walk in which The Beatles had crossed. There is an album cover with the band crossing this exact crosswalk. It was very crowded and people were running back and forth the busy street trying to capture a photo representing that same cover. It was amusing, yet very hectic.