Going Home not Coming Back to ‘Big House’

This presentation aims to provide a snapshot into prison-based offender rehabilitation programs that are delivered to assist offenders when they are successfully transitioned into the community. As representatives of NT Correctional Services our responsibility in the first instance is to listen to the needs of the offenders and the individual and collective challenges they face in pre and post incarceration periods. This includes the issues faced by offenders when they are surrounded by the multitude of family, logistical, socioeconomic and other demands. By seeking invaluable advice from Elders, not merely regurgitating the contents of manuals, being aware that in intimate-partner violence men are not the only counterpart responsible whilst balancing the woman’s perspective that in many cases their reactive disposition is in response to perennial subjugation within relationships. Unless these predicaments are acknowledged and addressed, offenders who are returning to the community and the environment that is only too familiar to these individuals, it would appear like an indistinguishable return to the past and the plans that were collaboratively nurtured whilst incarcerated will simply unravel before they have the opportunity to commence real life changes or transformations.

Malathi Stewart

NT Department of the Attorney -General and Justice
Program Coordinator

Malathi Stewart is part of the Treatment Team, Prisoner Services, Alice Springs Correctional Centre. She facilitates intervention programs for remand and sentenced female and male offenders.

Heather Rosier

NT Department of the Attorney General and Justice
Program Coordinator

Heather Rosier is part of the Treatment Team, Prisoner Services, Alice Springs Correctional Centre . Facilitate intervention programs for remand and sentenced female and male offenders