Supporting families to welcome released prisoners back into community

Mediation and Justice in Yuendumu has been working with NT Correctional Services for over twelve months now to ensure a pathway for prisoners back into community. Mediators and elders are contacted to discuss the pending release of the prisoner and if they committed a serious offence, elders are asked if the person to welcome back into community. If this does occur, elders nominate where they could go - usually to other family in another community - and nominate the family member who could assist. If the prisoner is to be welcomed back into Yuendumu, the elders and mediators will speak with the family to find out who the person can stay with and who will be responsible for mentoring the person once they are back in community. This information is relayed back to NTCS and arrangements are made for the family to speak with NTCS. The family and Mediation are then informed when the person is to be released and families are able to prepare for their return. Communication between NTCS, Mediation & Justice and community elders and mediators has formed an important part of this process and a number of people have been successfully returned to Yuendumu. Elders and mediators will also work with the family and the released person to ensure they understand parole conditions and to ensure they don't get into any more trouble.

Enid Gallagher

Southern Tanami Kurdiji Indigenous Corporation
Director and Mediator

The Southern Tanami Kurdiji made independence on January 1, 2019. Enid is the Secretary. Enid is a proud Warlpiri person and has strong commitments to family and community safety. Enid has been working in Mediation & Justice for over ten years and has been attending the Elders Visiting Program for as many years. Enid is an experienced mediator and an interpreter at Court sittings. She also actively participates in Restorative Justice Conferencing and Youth Justice Conferencing in Yuendumu and supports young people through the Mt Theo program.

Charmaine Hayes-Jonkers

Southern Tanami Kurdiji Indigenous Corporation
A/General Manager

Charmaine is a doctor of criminology and has worked extensively with communities in the Top End of Queensland in relation to community safety. She was a tutor at James Cook University in Cairns for a number of years and worked undertaking community-based research for four years. She has worked as a consultant on community-led projects and also consulted on high-level projects such as the Cairns Safer Streets Taskforce. Before moving to Yuendumu to take up a position as Mediation & Justice Coordinator and to see the Kurdiji mob to Independence, she worked in Lajamanu as the Community Safety Patrol Coordinator.

Robert Robertson

Southern Tanami Kurdiji Indigenous Corporation
Director and Mediator

The Southern Tanami Kurdiji made independence on January 1, 2019. Robert is the Deputy Chair of the Kurdiji mob. Robert is a proud Warlpiri person and has strong commitments to family and community safety. Robert has been working in Mediation and Justice for over ten years and has been attending the Elders Visiting Program for as many years. Robert is an experienced mediator and also attends Court Support. He also actively participates in Restorative Justice Conferencing and Youth Justice Conferencing in Yuendumu and supports young people through the Mt Theo program.