EXTRACT: It can be hard enough learning to read and write, imagine having to do it in jail. About a third of Australia’s prisoners have not completed Year 10. This has inspired a speech pathologist in Tasmania to go into jails to help improve literacy levels and get prisoners into jobs.
“I think it’s time, I’m getting older now, to sort of have a crack as a decent parent. I need to listen a lot more and sort of, you know, just be there for them.”
ABC’s Natalie Whiting interviews Rosie Martin, Ian Thomas and prisoners about a world-first trial of a parenting program run in Tasmania’s Mary Hutchinson Women’s Prison. Connect42’s Rosie Martin says that if convicted criminals stay connected with their families they are less likely to re-offend.