Senior Lecturer Dr. Kelly Richards from the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, has recently been successful in securing a QUT Engagement Innovation Grant with fellow researchers Dr. Bronwyn Ewing (School of Curriculum, Faculty of Education, QUT), and Associate Professor Lorana Bartels (Head of the School of Law and Justice, University of Canberra) in partnership with Queensland Corrective Services.
The successful project “Learning Together: Bringing prisoners and students together for peer learning about crime and justice” will involve the delivery of criminology course material by QUT School of Justice lecturers to mixed groups of QUT Bachelor of Justice students and adult prisoners inside a prison learning environment.
The unique program will provide real-life learning experiences for justice students while facilitating pathways to education for adult prisoners. Similar programs operate internationally and have achieved positive results for all participants, including:
- reduced reoffending;
- increased ex-prisoner enrolments in tertiary education;
- reduced criminal justice expenditure;
- interruption of the intergenerational cycle of incarceration;
- students experiencing real world learning (outside of a classroom); and
- students having their perceptions of imprisonment and related social justice issues challenged.
Winners of the 2016 QUT Engagement Innovation Grant round were awarded at a ceremony at Gardens Theatre Foyer on Monday 19th September.