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West Kimberley jail praised for Indigenous quality of life

Date posted: 6 May 2014

A researcher looking at the quality of life of Indigenous prisoners says the West Kimberley Regional Prison in Derby is setting the benchmark.

Griffith University's Dr John Rynne recently visited the facility, and he says he is confident the unique way the prison operates will help reduce reoffending rates. 

The $122 million facility opened just over a year ago and is home to 144 mostly Indigenous inmates, who live in self-contained houses and are taught to cook and look after themselves. Inmates are also taught some basic life skills such as home maintenance, and caring for others.

'To cook, look after themselves, understand the relationship between money, it engenders a sense of self-responsibility,' said Dr Rynne. 'This will make a significant contribution to improving Aboriginal people's outcomes in the community.'

Source: ABC Indigenous


Last updated: 6 May 2014
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