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Inmates cottage garden providing skills and community involvement | Western Advocate



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A HORTICULTURAL program available to inmates at Kirkconnell Correctional Centre is helping to rehabilitate inmates while also supporting the community. The prison garden cottage, about one-hectare in size, within the grounds of the centre, provides inmates with learning and work opportunities. At the moment, 13 men who look after the cottage garden are currently undertaking a Certificate II in Horticulture through Orange TAFE. Most of the men hope to use the qualification to secure work once they have completed their time in custody. Corrective Services Industries trade overseer Michael Copeland said the garden also had positive impacts on offenders’ mental health and mood. “The inmate gardeners find relief from…

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