Ex-criminal talks about how his life was turned around

Students with Francis Ossei
Students with Francis Ossei

Students at ARK 6th Form East Sussex took part in an anti-crime workshop run by the charity, Reform Restore Respect.

The charity, which was set up and founded by ex-gang member Francis Ossei, aims to reduce the number of students engaging in behaviours that can lead to imprisonment.

The students listened as Francis spoke openly about his life and how he got involved with gangs.

He explained that he served eight years of a 15-year sentence in prison and showed them items of prisoner’s clothing. He spoke about the harsh reality of prison and the impact of a criminal record on the future of young people.

Francis then talked about his personal experience in prison, how education became important in his life and how this had been a motivating factor in turning his life around. He left prison with a Bachelor of Honours in Health and Social Care.

The workshop was aimed at educating the sixth form students in regards to environmental anti-social behaviour, focusing on social responsibilities, crime diversion, attitudes and consequential thinking.