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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

The inmate and the Superintendent: two very different Aboriginal lives

Date posted: 26 May 2014

Extremes of Aboriginal achievement and disadvantage can be found at the West Kimberley Regional Prison, purpose built for Indigenous inmates.

In charge of the prison is a Nyoongar Aboriginal man Michael Macfarlane, whose career is testimony to a strong family and the benefits of a lifetime of hard work. He is Superintendent of the 18 month old prison, built to try and reduce Western Australia's record rate of Indigenous incarceration.

In contrast is inmate 'Birch', who has had a very different upbringing defined by alcohol use, violence and drugs, and now finds the prison has given him new opportunities. Both men have come together in time and place through the prison, with hopes of a better future for Indigenous offenders.

Source: ABC Kimberley


Last updated: 20 May 2014
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