I have your attention I would like to say it is my belief, we are
looking at those incarcerated through the wrong set on of eyes. I am a
huge believer in finding the root cause of people’s behaviours.
would like to see the statistics around every person who is incarcerated
throughout Australia; and their relationship or links to mental
I would go as far as saying, majority of people locked away, struggle with a type of mental illness.
are also now being widely talked about as a type of mental illness, and
we see many who are incarcerated are inside on the back of crimes
committed whilst heavily influenced by drugs or alcohol.
are incarcerated for particular behaviours, fair enough, certain
behaviours are not tolerated in society, I understand this. What if when
judged on these behaviours, these individuals who are convicted and
sentenced, are actually rehabilitated for their behaviours?
What if we got to these individuals before the behaviours were part of their daily habits?
with people, we see behaviours. We strip back the behaviours, we find
substance abuse, strip back the substance substance abuse, we find
trauma and illness.
Wouldn’t we be better served treating these traumas and illness, rather than locking these people away?
known of guys who have been locked away, incarcerated, placed in a cell
for up to 23hrs a day – tell me how that is rehabilitating?
way I see the prison system as is; we see individuals locked up, do
their time – on release many head back to the exact same habits, alcohol
& drug use, with that leads them to behaviours that lead to
As is, there is very little rehabilitation in
behaviours because there is no addressing the root of what leads those
to their behaviours – mental illness (alcohol and substance use) and
I believe, there needs to be a re vamp of the entire
system – again, so many people locked up for their behaviours and no one
talks about why they are producing these behaviours; strip back the
behaviours, we have substance, alcohol and drug abuse; strip back the
substance abuse, those who use, do so to hide a trauma or feed an
We need to treat people on their traumas & illness
– rather than their behaviours, which happen from a result of covering
trauma & addiction.
Heal the trauma & illness rather then locking people away and keeping it dormant for it to arise on their release…