ACT Community Coalition on Corrections
is a coalition of organisations and individuals that have
an interest in corrections and particularly in the new ACT prison (the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC)), its
operation and its performance.
The Coalition meets on a
regular basis to discuss issues about the new prison and to formulate proposals to the
ACT Government that will improve the functioning of the centre, which will
assist in the new prison meeting the goals and objectives and which will contribute to
positive outcomes for prisoners.
Events and Forums
Women and Prison Group and Women’s Centre for Health Matters are
organizing a launch by the ACT Minister for Women, Ms Katy Gallagher MLA of
ACT Women and Prisons - ‘Invisible Bars: The Stories behind the Stats’
on the 23rd July 2009 at the Reception Room at the ACT Legislative Assembly.
Copies of ACT Women and Prisons - ‘Invisible Bars: The Stories behind the
Stats’ will be available on the day.
The flyer is here giving
further details about the launch. Please confirm your attendance by
COB 17th July either by phone 6290 2166 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Aid ACT is establishing a Prisoners' Legal Service at the Alexander
Maconochie Centre (AMC). This will include a lawyer outreach service and
education programs for the AMC community. Legal Aid ACT is interested in
forming a network of agencies that will be providing services at the new
prison. The purpose of this network will be to facilitate information
sharing and promote collaboration between service providers. If your agency
would like to be included in this network, please send your name,
organisation and contact details to Catherine Coles, Community Legal Education
Officer at Catherine.email@example.com
or Geoff Stewart, Communication and Education manager at Geoffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legal Aid ACT has established a
Prisoners’ Legal Service at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). This
includes a lawyer outreach service and education programs for the AMC
A further forum is being arranged on
the housing needs of people released from the new prison and what will need
to be done to meet those needs.
Speak out against strip searching which by the Attorney-General’s own admission
is humiliating, intrusive and psychologically harmful to those regularly
subjected to it.
|Alternatives to Violence Project|
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)
is a network of independent, not-for-profit, volunteer groups. It offers
experiential workshops in non-violent problem solving and creative conflict
transformation. AVP is used in prisons, schools and the wider community.
These workshops can empower individuals to liberate themselves and others from
the burden of violence. The fundamental belief of AVP is that there is a power
for peace and good in everyone which has the ability to transform violence.
AVP builds upon a spiritual basis of respecting and caring for self and
about the AVP here>>
Previous forums have covered:
in Prisons: From Understanding to Prevention" with Professor James
"Can NSPs reduce OH&S risk in the
AMC? - Syringes and Work Safety in the new
ACT prison". The speaker was Mr John Ryan, Tuesday
24 June, 2007, 12.30 pm – 2.00pm
(Listen to audio of presentation on ffdlr's
"How fear and stigma inhibit good health policy"
"Exploring Diversions: Implications of the new ACT Prison and Youth
launch by Professor Ian Webster of a study: "Healthy or harmful? Mental health and the
operational regime of the new ACT prison". Find
the study here>>
For details of these, click "Recent Forums". Audios of them may be
forums are intended to foster informed debate.