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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Innovative prison program bound for Australia

Date posted: 13 November 2013

The Inside-out prison exchange program,originally developed in America, could be heading to Australia. This program brings prison inmates and university students together in a classroom setting.

Inside-out Centre Founder and Director Lori Pompa, will attend a panel discussion in Sydney, hosted by the University of Sydney's Institute of Criminology and Sydney Social Justice Network, to discuss the benefits of bringing the innovative model to Australia, titled 'University Beyond Walls', in late 2014.

Dr Laura Beth Bugg, from the Sydney Social Justice Network, recently spent a week in Canada attending Inside-out instructor training where she learnt from women in a medium - maximum security prison. 'My experience at the training was very moving,' she said. 'I was astounded by their wisdom and by their stories.'

According to the University of Sydney, this would be the first collaborative tertiary prison education course in Australia, with subjects proposed such as 'Social Inequality in Australia'.

Source: ProBono Australia News


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Last updated: 6 November 2013
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