Some of the artwork featured in Issue Seven:
For the first edition of 2018 we have lots of letters, drawings, comics, quizzes and poems from people in prisons around the country and some from our neighbours in Aotearoa (New Zealand) too. There is also a range of Community News regarding the Victorian prison Pen Pal ban and the current campaign to lift the ban, the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia and iExpress, the world’s first prisoner webpage and interactive email system launched by Justice Action.
Drawing by Simon Evans – Tongariro Prison NZ
There is currently a ban on pen pal programs for people in Victorian prisons. Inside Out has frequent requests from people inside prison to have access to pen pals. In fact, it is the number one thing people ask us. Pen pals can offer a life line for those inside to be able to connect to the LGBTIQ community, develop friendships and access to peer support. Inside Out would like to run a pen pal program for LGBTIQ people in prison around Australia, but first we need to fight the ban. Help us put pressure on Deputy Commission Brendan Money and call for him to lift the ban.
If you would like to write to Deputy Corrections Commissioner Brendan Money who is responsible for the ban you can send it to him at: GPO Box 123, Melbourne VIC 3001.
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