ALA online forum | Building futures – The transformative impact of literacy and learning programs for prisoners and former prisoners

Wednesday, 10 March, 2021 - 13:00 to 14:00
ALA online forum | Building futures

This ALA online forum aims to provide a glimpse into the critical role of Language, Literacy, and Numeracy education in the criminal justice system. We bring together experts and good practice programs from around Australia to demonstrate how effective programs can change the lives of current and former prisoners.

Australia’s prison population has disproportionately low levels of language, literacy, and numeracy skills, lower levels of educational attainment, and higher levels of learning difficulties and learning disabilities than people in the general community. These factors compound social and economic disadvantage and are associated with higher rates of unemployment which is a risk factor for incarceration and for reoffending. (AIHW, 2019)

International research shows that adult education in prison and beyond can break the cycle of crime and incarceration. Adult education improves inmates’ chances of finding work, improves well-being and confidence, and creates a sense of belonging in the community, all of which are linked to lower levels of offending. (Prisoners Education Trust, 2021)


Our presenters

MC: Sally Brennan

Keynote speaker: Ron Wilson



Lisa D’Onofrio - Loddon Prison Precinct (including Middleton) and Tarrengower Prison (Victoria)

Iona Johnson - Literacy Coordinator, Literacy Programs, Risdon Prison (Tasmania)

Bekah O’Meara - Radio WKRP, Kimberley Prison Radio Training (Western Australia)


Session details

When: Wednesday 24th March
Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm (AEDT)
Duration: 1 hr

Cost: FREE for ALA members and associate members.
Non-members are $50, payable online.


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