“Research highlights the importance of education as a very significant factor in reducing recidivism. Removing specialist teachers from the prisons as proposed by the Government requires public justification after consultation with all the stakeholders. The lockdown of prisoners in cells for over eighteen hours a day gives very little time for education, especially with the huge increase of imprisonment” said Community Justice Coalition President, the Hon John Dowd AO QC.
The Community Justice Coalition and the International Commission of Jurists will hold a Public Forum on Prisoner Education. It will be held in the Macquarie Room, Parliament House on Tuesday the 23rd of August at 5:30pm.
Representatives of political parties and the NSW Teachers Federation will be on the panel. Corrective Services NSW officers present will clarify issues that arise.
"The difficulty of delivering education to women in prison is even more pronounced due to their smaller numbers and shorter sentences. It is essential that specialist teachers coupled with in-cell technology be available to improve their prospects for the future” said The Hon Elizabeth Evatt AC, ICJ Commissioner and former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia.
Forum Paper download here