A judge has been teaching children and young adults the potential consequences of breaking the law by showing them what it is really like in prison.
As part of the ‘Consider the Consequences’ program at Bibb County, Georgia, Judge Verda Colvin’s brutally honest speech left some of the attendees crying in fear.
The group, aged 9 to 17, were invited to put on prisoner uniforms and to have a look in the cells to get a feel for the implications of serving time, according to Lawnewz.com.
After showing the group around the prison cell, Judge Colvin puts the dangers of incarceration into perspective, discussing the threat of violence and rape.
‘Somebody raping you in the middle of the night, and there’s nothing you can do but just lay there because guess what, everybody got to get their turn.’
At one point, she produced a body bag, bluntly telling the terrified audience that the life of gangs and crime can have fatal consequences.
‘The only way someone will know you are in here is by this tag with your name on it,’ she says as she shows the large white bag to group in the courtroom.
Standing in front of the young people she says: ‘The fact you’re shedding tears means you want to be better and do better. Do it.
‘The only person stopping you, is you.’
She adds: ‘Stop acting like trash and putting pictures of yourself on the internet.’