Legal Literacy in Prisons Project

Legal Literacy in Prison Project (LLiPP) is a partnership between Women’s Legal Service NSW (WLS NSW), Corrective Services, Legal Aid NSW, Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Wirringa Baiya and Hawkesbury Napean Community Legal Centre. This project developed out of LEAP (Legal Education and Advice in Prison) for Women.

Partner organisations have been working over a number of years to design an education program which covers a range of legal topics relevant to prisoners, including understanding how the courts work, criminal law, family law and civil matters like housing, fines and debts. Consultations have been held with the Inmate Delegate Committee as the program develops.

The pilot classes commence in July 2013 at Silverwater Women’s Correction Centre, with approximately 8 students.

Two classes are held each week, one led by a solicitor and the other by the literacy teacher who facilitates exercises aimed at building on the legal information provided by the solicitor.

The pilot concludes in December 2013 and will then be evaluated with a view to making the program available in other correctional centres.

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