Brisbane Catholic group urges Govt to fix prisons
The Queensland Government is not doing enough to support prisoners released from the state's jails, the co-ordinator of Brisbane Catholic Prison Ministry said recently.
The Catholic Leader reported on Sunday that Denise Foley was speaking on the eve of a "Prison: Rehabilitation and Community Safety ... Twin Lies" forum which was held at the Parliamentary Annexe in Brisbane last Wednesday.
"We want to highlight the issues faced by prisoners in Queensland," she said.
The Brisbane forum was the last of a series of six held around the state in recent weeks to highlight the plight of former prisoners, unsafe prisoner release practices and unnecessary prison spending.
Ms Foley said the forum was a direct result of the INCorrections Report released in November 2004, which was an extensive independent audit of prisoner release strategies, conducted for the UnitingCare Centre for Social Justice and prisons specialist groups.
The forum also called on the Queensland Government to adopt a real commitment to crime prevention that would mean rehabilitation for prisoners, community safety and sufficient support for prisoners and families on release.
Prisons neglect (Catholic Leader 30/10/05)
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Catholic Prison Ministry, Centacare Brisbane
Church agencies back Queensland prisons report (CathNews 26/11/04)
2 Nov 2005