Recently I caught up with another university friend, Bevaan, who grew up in Singapore but now works as a trader after having studied Mathematics with Physics at UCL. Bevaan has always had lots of stories to share from his time in Singapore, but also some from his high school experience in South London after having lived abroad. He talked to me about the topic that he had chosen for his AWAKE video, Prison Systems and their function.
Aadil: Hey Bev, how’s it going? I can’t remember the last time I saw you, you’re really hard to get a hold of nowadays!
Bevaan: Hey Aadil, yeah that would be my work timings. It’s difficult to get away from the office at this stage of my career.
Aadil: I’m grateful for your time, especially the fact that you’ve agreed to discuss your video topic with me.
Bevaan: Not a problem at all! I’ve been wanting to talk about it with someone and what better way than to share my views on a global platform for other young people to debate with me? Having gone to school in South London, I’ve seen too many friends get in trouble with the law, in fact some have even ended up in prison. It was not uncommon at my school and the chances of someone ending up at a Russell Group university were slim to none. I was one of very few that did, while many of my friends took pretty much the opposite direction.
Aadil: That is crazy. There are so many young people pretty much growing up to end up in prison at some point in their lives, almost systematically. Is the fear factor of being locked up not enough to deter people? What’s it like there? Have you visited before?
Bevaan: I actually haven’t, but when I was a kid in Singapore, my parents took me to a prison and made the guard give me a tour of the place to scare me. I explain in more detail how that felt in my video but generally it was a very unpleasant place. Prison seems to be a place of punishment, at least in this country. I believe that like some other countries around the world, it should be there to help prisoners reintegrate into society. If it is just treated like a punishment dumping ground it won’t be taken seriously. I truly believe if the government puts more effort into the system, it can give the desired results. We are talking about human lives here, so each scenario must be catered to with a lot of care and attention to detail.
Aadil: I’ve heard of some prison systems being particularly quirky, like Scandinavian prisons and some prisons in East Asia. I’ve also watched Russia’s Toughest Prisons on TV which is a more ruthless experience. It shows you the range of prisoners that are out there. Anyway, I don’t want to spoil your video too much. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Bevaan: Not really, I’ll let my video speak for itself. But I look forward to sharing it with everyone and seeing the content that everyone else ends up putting out. I’m definitely going to start a debate or two myself on other people’s videos. Anything to do with democracy or social policy, count me in!
Aadil: Haha well feel free to make more videos to start debates now if you’re up for it! Thanks Bev.
Bevaan: Bye Aadil.