As part of PLEA’s program expansion, we commenced presentations at the Melbourne Assessment Prison late 2015.
Due to the high turnover of remandees through MAP the program has experienced strong interest from inmates. With most attendees accessing our content at the beginning of their cases, we are presenting an adapted version of the Court Readiness package presented at MRC and DPFC. We are noting high levels of energy and sometimes anxiety from attendees. Conversations have been challenging across a range of topics including access to Aboriginal legal services and converting sentences across jurisdictions.
As with other remand centres, attendee demographics vary greatly. Inmates typically attend the presentation following their initial induction into MAP. This means we are working with some on their first day in a prison ever. For further information including volunteer opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact us.