Launch of Beyond Barbed Wire Evaluation Report by Western Research Institute on 3 May 2018 in Wellington.
Women leaving prison are less likely to re-offend with the support of a specialised program. However, it needs Government funding to continue. With Indigenous women 15 times more likely to be in prison, the program is especially beneficial in Aboriginal communities. Emily Falson is a mentor for Beyond Barbed Wire, a program aiming to stop women reoffending after leaving prison.
A new documentary depicts the journey of more than 80 women who participated in the two-year program and many of them are mothers. Jodi Burnstein, Barnardos's Senior Manager, says approximately 80% of female inmates are Aboriginal. It is estimated that Indigenous incarceration caused Australia more than $7b.
The program organisers say Beyond Barbed Wire puts $2 back into the community for every $1 spent on the service. More than 70% of participants are not reoffending.