An excellent opportunity for incarcerated people to contribute their own …

Comment on Sentenced to a job and a future – Elferink’s visionary initiative by Phil Walcott.

An excellent opportunity for incarcerated people to contribute their own wealth and well-being. This was an idea I suggested some years ago with prisoners being sub-contracted to local tradespeople so that home refurbishments and new builds could happen faster.
There are a lot of skilled people out in the gaol and it seems a shame that those skills are not put to better use. The market garden out there could also supply fresh, organic food to the gaol provided other “suppliers” don’t get block the idea.
These people are part of the community just like all of us. If they are allowed to contribute whilst incarcerated, they can generate income, feel better about themselves and work harder to stay out of the place once released.
There are a significant number of Aboriginal people already working in full-time employment across government, non-government and private sectors. They could help form part of mentoring process associated with this initiative. Perhaps even politicians could lead by example.

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First Aboriginal doctor: Gordon Briscoe AO, BA (Hist), MA, PhD
A terrific read … great acknowledgement of a man who looks like having significantly contributed to many generations of Aboriginal people, both locally and around the country.
Always good to learn of such accomplishments from those of us who had a difficult beginning.
Happily shared on some social media. Thanks for being, Gordon.

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