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Prisoners in high security prisons use internet tablets in cells for the first time in Australia
Victory: Computers for Legal Access in Liritis v State of New South Wales
Poor Computer Access – W.A. Prisons Inspector
World Distribution of Victory
Prisons NSW Agreement
Victory: Computers in Cells to be Implemented
Cost of Inaction – Prisoner Domestic Violence
ACT Prison Report
Youth Access – International Survey
Petition: Call for Computers in Cells for Juvenile Detainees
Facebook Wants Kids in Juvenile Detention to Get Internet Access
Computers in Juvenile Cells
History of The Computers In Cells Project
21st April 2017: The launch of Computers in cells campaign by Community Justice Coalition (CJC)
30th March 2017: Online Legal Services
NSW Government Response to JA Online Counselling Proposal
21st April 2015: Online Counselling in Cells
Computers In Cells Policy Policy Proposal
5th May 2012: Online Education Services

Overview

Computers have had a profound impact on society in recent decades – not only in the workplace but also in homes, schools and the public arena. The benefits of computers are invaluable to prisoners, providing a means to access online educationcounselling (including domestic violence) and legal services. Whilst computers are readily available and widely used by the public, prisoners have not been afforded the same level of access to computers, often due to misinformed security concerns and the ignorance of prison administrators.

Many prisoners spend up to 18 hours locked in their cells every day. As Justice Action has proposed, having computers in cells would safely and securely help to maximise productivity during the 18 hours prisoners spend in isolation, provide trusted counsellors through external providers, allow for the stability of service providers throughout the sentence and after release, and encourage empowerment and self-management.

Prisoners, teachers, service providers, government bodies and enforcement agencies all agree on the need for education within the prison system. They recognise that education is instrumental to the successful rehabilitation of prisoners, contributing to the reduction in rates of recidivism.

To learn about our Computers in Cells campaign in the past, see below for archival publications and related articles.

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