This program works with women about to be released back into the
community and supports the women, their children and families
through this process. This transition period is high need for
women. In the last 12-month period 9 women have died just after
their release back into the community from either drug overdoses,
suicide or from a domestic violence situation. This pilot project
aims to reduce the deaths, recidivism and provides support for
the women; their children and families through this transition
period. Family and Community Services (Federal) and Department
of Corrective Services fund this program.
in Prison Journal
This journal is a bi - annual publication that allows academics,
government, women in prison, service providers and interested
others to publish articles about current trends and research in
relation to women in prison and young women in detention. The
journal is distributed state, nationally and internationally.
Inside Living & Learning)
This is a recently funded program that aims to reduce the transmission
of HCV to women incarcerated in Southeast Queensland prisons and
to provide harm minimisation strategies to those women who may
have already contracted HCV. Sisters Inside has researched drug
use in Southeast Queensland prisons and statistics prove that
over half the population have injected drugs whilst in prison.
Syringes are being used between 5 - 7 women and cleaned with hot
water in most cases. Transmission of HCV is increasing in the
women's prisons and this constitutes a public health risk.
Crime Prevention Program
This is a recently funded program enabled a group of young people
whose mothers are in prison to participate in the development
a resource kit to assist them and other young people in the future
about issues which are raised for them while their mums in jail
and referral and information about organisations that can support
young people while their mums in jail. These young people were
involved in activities which enhanced their self esteem and confidence
such as, participating in canoeing, ropes courses, art workshops
and attend white water rafting camps and indigenous camps. Due
to this program recently being developed it has come to our attention
that 2 young people have suicided within three weeks of their
mothers release from prison. Many are homeless, self-harming,
excluded or suspended from school, drug and alcohol abusers, living
in violent environments.
Drug & Alcohol Prevention Project for Incarcerated Women in
Southeast Queensland. This project has been recently funded by
the Commonwealth of Australian National Illicit Drug Strategy
Community Partnerships Initiative funds. The project will incorporate
education young women in prison about the effects of drug and
alcohol use with particular focus on harm minimisation; the social,
physical and mental effects of drug and alcohol use (particularly
intravenous drug use), and exploration of alternatives to drug
and alcohol use.
This program has been funded by
the Department of Employment and Training to provide an opportunity
for women to undertake accredited training after they have been
released from prison.
The Insider is a newsletter written and produced by the women
in prison. The women in prison produce these newsletters bimonthly.
Workshops to develop skills on the computer program have been
developed and implemented. The newsletter allows for communication
between each of the 4 women's prisons in Southeast Queensland
and information is distributed about dates of parole sittings
etc. Every woman in prison receives a copy and over 300 women
are in the prison at any time. Feedback is very positive and the
women look forward to each newsletter.