Debating Behind Bars Reveals Wasted Talents and Lost Opportunities

The average prison sentence is three months longer than 10 years ago, and for indictable offences 18 months longer, yet nearly half of the people entering prison are sent there for six months or less, even though it’s well known that these sentences are far less effective in reducing reoffending than community punishments.

And the crowded conditions of this Victorian prison were obvious from the start of our visit.

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