April 23, 2015

Prisons Bring Jobs To Regional Victoria

Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll is today visiting
Beechworth Correctional Centre and Dhurringile Prison.

 

Representing the Minister for Corrections, Wade Noonan, Mr Carroll
attended the graduation of 20 prison officers at Dhurringile.

 

Mr Carroll said the graduations highlighted how prisons bring jobs to
regionalVictoria.

 

A further nine recruits will graduate at Beechworth Correctional Centre
next week, the first time in the prison’s 10-year history that a recruits’
training course has been held there.

 

The recruits come from diverse backgrounds such as hospitality,
community services and engineering, bringing a variety of skills to their new
careers.

 

They must pass a rigorous seven-week training course both on prison
operations and managing prisoners as they come to the end of their sentences.

 

Both Beechworth and Dhurringile minimum-security prisons have strong
ties to their communities, giving the prisoners experience in the real world
for their transition back into society.

 

The Andrews Labor Government is committed to prisoner support programs
to reduce the number of people returning to prison in two years.

 

Corrections Victoria’s Reintegration Pathway is at the heart of this
commitment. It provides specialist support to prisoners, linking them to
critical services such as housing and employment services to help them
reintegrate into their community upon their release.

 

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary
Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll

 

“These prisons are part of the economic
fabric of regional Victoria
and these new jobs contribute to that.’’

 

“Both Beechworth and Dhurringile
prisons provide opportunities for prisoners nearing the end of their sentence
to be reintegrated into the community, which is an important step in reducing
recidivism.”

 

“Beechworth and Dhurringile help prisoners
learn practical skills and strategies to prepare them for their new lives back
in the community.”