A group of Katherine Stars was given a private tour of the local prison cells during Katherine Law Week recently.
The cells have never been open to the public before, and it was a real eye-opener for the girls to see just how small they are inside and the complete lack of privacy available for inmates to use the toilet.
The group of ten girls from Years 10, 11 and 12 also visited the Local Court, where they had an opportunity to sit in on a ‘Mock Court’.
They role-played being members of the jury deliberating on a case. When the verdict was delivered, the girls had to speak in front of everyone in the court to confirm the outcome – guilty or not guilty!
Local service providers, including the Witness Assistance Service, Wurli StrongBala Men’s Health, Venndale Rehabilitation Centre, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) and the Northern Territory Police, also held information stalls at the event.
The girls spent some time visiting the stalls, exploring the justice system more fully and learning about the range of possible employment opportunities and career paths available to them in the future.