Ngalla Maya is a not-for-profit organisation helping the most vulnerable and poorest to transform their lives and that of their families. Ngalla Maya turns no-one away and we do not give up on anyone. Redemption should be an inalienable right. In Australia, one in 9 of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (First Nations peoples) have been to prison – an abomination that Ngalla Maya works to address. In Western Australia, one in 6 of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have been to prison.
Ngalla Maya works to inspire and commit former inmates to training and education opportunities that lead to employment. Ngalla Maya provides mentoring and psychosocial support to the trainee and to their family members if required.
Repeat offending is increasing with 78 per cent of prisoners, nearly 8,000 of the more than 10,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates, having served a prior conviction. One third of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates have served at least 5 prior convictions.
The prison experience should be transformative and not punitive where a constancy of traumas degenerate inmates to complex traumas and to a furthered sense of hopelessness. The key elements of the prison experience should be to counsel inmates to the point of having assisted in improving their wellbeing, and to avail inmates to various rehabilitation, training and education and further assist in their transition from the positive pre-release experience to positive post-release experiences