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Barkly Work Camp receives award for reducing recidivism as part of NAIDOC Week 2012

Date posted: 6 July 2012

The Minister for Correctional Services and Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy, commended staff and inmates at Barkly Work Camp in the Northern Territory (NT) this week.

The facility, which is located outside of Tennant Creek, NT, is a low-security prison camp that focuses on delivering education, training and employment for offenders.

On 3 July, those involved with and working at Barkly Work Camp were presented a Community Contribution Award as part of National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week 2012 celebrations.

'This award shows the Barkly Work Camp model, created as part of the New era in corrections, is working with prisoners assimilating well into society, doing valuable community work and acquiring work skills along the way,' Minister McCarthy said.

The New era in corrections program is a Northern Territory Government initiative, involving the investment of $120 million over five years to reduce recidivism. The Barkly Work Camp was one of the facilities handed over to NT Correctional Services to facilitate the goal of the initiative.

The award was received by Chief Prisoner Officer, Danny Measures, and several prisoners at a ceremony at Nyinkka Nyunyu Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre, following a NAIDOC Week march.

Source: Northern Territory Government


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Last updated: 6 July 2012
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