Rehabilitation must be priority
WHAT the embattled Tasmania Prison Service so desperately needs is many more people of the calibre of speech pathologist and criminologist Rosalie Martin (“Program leader says hope is the key to help”, Mercury, November 21).
No matter how many more Correctional Service officers are trained, if the appropriate rehabilitation skills are not deployed then the prison system will just continue to deteriorate rapidly. The State Government really should take very seriously the concerns and advice of professionals such as Tasmanian Prisoners Legal Service chair Greg Barns and University of Tasmania criminologist Rob White. As for the rationale by the state government in 2012 to decommission Hayes Prison Farm, where minimum security inmates worked on the farm and gained valuable expertise, not to mention the benefits for their mental health and wellbeing, it is a bloody disgrace.
Chris Davey Lindisfarne