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Criminology students gain industry insight with prison tours

Thursday, 26 April 2012


  • Students at Casuarina prison

    Students at Casuarina prison

Second year Criminology students recently had the chance to get out into industry, taking tours of Perth metropolitan prisons during the mid-semester break for their Correction Studies unit.

Lecturer Phil Moses, also a Manager of Custodial Training within the Department of Corrective Services, invited interested students to visit Acacia Prison, Bandyup Women’s Prison, Casuarina Prison or Hakea Prison.

The students were given tours of each facility by prison staff, gaining insight into the operations and management of the facilities. They also had the opportunity to talk to some prisoners.

Student Andy Summers visited Acacia Prison, and found the experience both interesting and valuable to his studies.

“The Operations Manager of the prison was very knowledgeable and we got to see a lot more of the prison than I expected, even getting to interact with some of the residents.

“That night we also had a guest lecture, from the Director of Acacia Prison, Paul McMullan. His lecture on private prisons was the perfect complement to the visit, and I felt I could better conceptualise the information after having physically experienced a private prison in action,” he said.

For student Sally Coombes, these important real-life experiences extend across many units.

“One of the things I like about many of the units I have done, like Correction Studies, is the 'real life' experiences we get like the prison visits, and the guest lecturers from the industry that come in and talk to us. It makes learning so much more enjoyable, and relevant too.”

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