Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Call to Young Offenders to Stay Free on Release; NAIDOCWeek Witha Message

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Call to Young Offenders to Stay Free on Release; NAIDOCWeek Witha Message

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Byline: Geoff Egan geoff.egan@qt.com.au

ONE indigenous prisoner in the Gatton correctional centre has pleaded with local Aboriginal youth to stay out of prison.

As part of a ceremony in the lead-up to NAIDOC Week the prisoner, known only as Wayne, implored young people not to C[pounds sterling]waste their livesC[yen].

C[pounds sterling]When you get out of here, please my young brothers, grab your freedom with both hands and run with it and don't come back. Freedom to do whatever you want to do,C[yen] he said. C[pounds sterling]Don't waste your life in jail like I have, you have a future out there.C[yen]

As part of his message to a crowd of more than 100 elders, government officials and fellow prisoners at Southern Queensland Correctional Centre's NAIDOC week opening ceremony Wayne, who has spent the past 35 years in and out of prison, pleaded with the younger generation of offenders not to waste their life in crime.

C[pounds sterling]All the young brothers in here today, you can achieve whatever you want,C[yen] he said. …

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