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Dean Maddock

Year of Award: 2017 Award State: Tasmania Legal > Penal And Parole
Social Welfare > General
To witness sustainable prison projects in order to implement better work practices - USA
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When looking at prison reform it is always hard to find a starting point and the resources to achieve the desired result. When the problem is so complexed, it is hard to know what works and what doesn’t especially when there is not one program that works with all inmates. The institution’s problem is how many programs to run and what inmates to put in these programs.

  • Audit current education programs and participation levels
  • Audit rehabilitation courses for their effectiveness and participation levels
  • Audit all prison industries in line with inmate qualifications and industry costing
  • Re exam local fair-trade legislation
  • Audit current waste management strategies and understand where the money is spent
  • Introduce recycling and repurposing programs
  • Introduce vegetable growing programs with the long-term intent to feed inmates
  • Introduce garden beatification programs
  • Introduce worm farms
  • Introduce composting
  • Introduce native plant programs
  • Introduce a range of animal programs
  • Start making steps toward being self sufficient
  • Identify new industries to help with the running of prisons
  • Investigate the possibility of supporting local charities
  • Implement external community work gangs including emergency services crews.
  • Implement a paperless system for staff and inmates
  • Bring inmate privileges in line with program and industry participation
  • Introduce green teams
  • Join the Sustainability in Prison Project Network
  • Implement the Sustainability in Prison Project philosophies
  • Introduce energy and water audits
  • Develop and implement water and energy saving initiatives

Keywords: Horticulture Programs, Community Programs, Violence, Prisons, Nature-based Programs, Inmates, Recidivism

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