Although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults make up around 2% of the national population, they constitute 27% of the national prison population. In 2016, around 20 in every 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were incarcerated. Over-representation is both a persistent and growing problem— Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration rates increased 41% between 2006 and 2016, and the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non Indigenous imprisonment rates over that decade widened.
What We Are Doing
GenOne has partnered with Ebenezer Home to pilot a Prisoner Employment Program based on the Vocational Training and Employment Centre model (VTEC).
VTEC, as a national program funded by the Australian Government, has supported approximately 1,000 Indigenous Australians with criminal records into employment over the last four years.
The Prisoner Employment Program stretches this original model by getting employers to commit jobs to people whilst they are still serving their sentences. Job ready training is completed inside the prison system and a suite of wrap-around services is set up to ensure the individual is fully supported upon their release.
The program will support 120 prisoners across a 12 month period.
We are seeking commitments from Australian business who believe in second chances. Our vast network and relationships with employers across the country is a testament to the existing VTEC model and we know we can have similar success working with some of the most vulnerable people in Australian society.
If your business is keen to get involved, you can contact Sharon Jones at GenOne on 0437 777 689.
You can read more about Indigenous incarceration below:
Pathways to Justice–Inquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ALRC Report)