Queensland Corrective Services officers Tammy Gregory, Jann Maree Mitchell, Amanda Dalton and Greg McMahon speak to Kepnock high school legal studies students about life inside prison and what their work involves.
Queensland Corrective Services officers Tammy Gregory, Jann Maree Mitchell, Amanda Dalton and Greg McMahon speak to Kepnock high school legal studies students about life inside prison and what their work involves. Scottie Simmonds

Students learn about life in jail

STUDENTS around Bundaberg have been getting a taste of what life behind bars is really like with a visit from Queensland Corrective Services officers.

Officers have been visiting schools across the region, including Kepnock High School, to provide insight into life in jail and how probation and parole works.

Karen Bailey, Probation and Parole Bundaberg manager for the Department of Corrective Services, said officers from the Maryborough prison and the Bundaberg probation and parole department both visited the school to talk about their jobs.

“The idea is to provide some background and information on what corrections is all about,” she said.

Ms Bailey said officers spoke about the restrictions and legalities involved, as well as what a day in prison was like for an inmate.

“The officers also talk about what rehabilitation is about and what happens if they contravene an order,” she said.

Ms Bailey said Probation and Parole considered the visits to schools as “very important” because they allowed the department to explain their role in the community.

“The information than can then be spread when the children go home and talk to their parents about it,” she said.

The visits focus on Year 11 and 12 legal studies students.



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