Rio’s mining prisoners

Rio Tinto has offered prisoners from the Pilbara the opportunity to work at Cape Lambert Port.

Rio Tinto has offered prisoners from the Pilbara the opportunity to work at Cape Lambert Port.

The program, held in conjunction with the West Australian Department of Corrective Services, is targeted at increasing indigenous employment and reducing re-offending amongst inmates in the regional area.

It will see prisoners from the minimum security Roeburne Regional Gaol work 40 hours per week under a three month contract.

To date, two inmates have already begun the program with an additional four set to start soon.

"If we can get a work ethic established prior to them leaving, get some work colleagues into place where people can mentor them and follow them along, it is a vital part of keeping the guys out of coming back and stopping recidivism,” Roeburne employment co-ordinator Annette Farinaccio told the ABC.

 

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