"Sentenced to a job": Radical new prison scheme

A radical new program is giving criminals a break from jail, letting them into the community so they can hold down full-time jobs

Yahoo! News

DARWIN — Berrimah Prison in Darwin is allowing serving convicts to leave the prison, and sending them off to work in businesses across the city.

Northern Territory Attorney-General and Corrections Minister John Elferink is the mastermind behind "sentenced to a job", and says he's turned prisoners into taxpayers.

"The prisoners pay rent for their cells, and they pay five per cent of their income to a victims assistance fund. They are paying their debt to society in cash," Mr Elferink said.

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