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Prisoner literacy and communications program funded

Elise Archer, Minister for Corrections

An additional $150,000 will be provided to continue a program aimed at developing literacy and communication skills for men and women in Tasmanian prisons.

The Chatter Matters Tasmania Just Time program was developed by 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year, Rosie Martin, which we were proud to fund last year as a pilot program.

Chatter Matters is a not-for profit organisation that assists those in prison, those recently released and those at-risk of imprisonment.

The program uses evidence-based practices to improve literacy, support positive interpersonal interaction and communication skills, and teaches participants skills for developing secure attachment with their children.

We know that early intervention to break generational cycles of crime in at-risk children is important and therefore must include appropriate support for parents.

The Just Time program funding is in addition to the $16.8 million in new funding announced in the recent Budget for the operation of the corrections system, on top of the 107 correctional officers recruited since 2016.

The Government also has a very significant prisons infrastructure agenda with the new $270 million Northern Prison and the $70 million new Southern Remand Centre the focus of that plan.