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WRAP media release - 25 September 2020

Greg Barns will give a presentation at Deloraine

WRAP is pleased to announce that Mr Greg Barns SC will visit Deloraine on 18 October 2020 to give a presentation on the Northern Regional Prison: "No new prison: a smart justice perspective".

Greg is Chair of the Prisoners Legal Service and is a Patron of the recently launched national campaign, the Justice Reform Initiative.

"We are very interested in recent developments flowing from the Justice Reform Initiative and have been discussing the potential for Northern Tasmania to adopt a more enlightened approach to prisoner rehabilitation.

Tasmania currently has one of the highest recidivism rates in Australia. If the Government is really interested in reducing recidivism and creating a safer Tasmania, a replica of Risdon Prison is the last thing that should be built. It is an outdated last century approach which has failed the community and will continue to do so.

There is scope for the prison system to have a presence in Northern Tasmania that would see economic benefit flow to communities across the North. This would result in Risdon’s appalling conditions being alleviated and a dramatic reduction in recidivism rates, meaning a safer Tasmania.

We are really excited that Greg has accepted our invitation to come and speak to the community about that potential." said Linda Poulton.

Meander Valley Councillors and the Premier, the Attorney General, The Leader of the Opposition, The Leader of the Greens, Lyons MPs and the representative from the Legislative Council for the area (the seat of McIntyre) have been invited to attend.

There are limited seats so we strongly encourage people who would like to attend to secure a ticket early.

Linda Poulton
President, WRAP Inc


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