in Mparntwe Alice Springs the Life Skills Camp officially opened - a program that acts as an alternative to prison for Aboriginal women.
Northern Territory Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Selena Uibo says that the Newskills Camp will give courts and correctional services an alternative sentence for Aboriginal female offenders.
The facility is a rehabilitation service available for stays of up to six months and women will receive targeted rehabilitation based on cultural values and leadership.
Ms Uibo said Aboriginal women are imprisoned at 14 times the rate of non-Aboriginal women in the NT and represent 84 per cent of the female prison population.
“The majority of Aboriginal women in Northern Territory prisons are mothers. It is important these women have access to targeted and tailored rehabilitation services that enable them to address the underlying causes of their offending and turn their lives around.”