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justicematters podcast

Sep 15, 2019

In this episode we meet Joel Rapaport, hip hop artist and manager of recording stable Big Village. We discuss his experience teaching music production courses in the prison system, and hear some of the recordings made by prisoners in his practical song writing and recording sessions.


Jul 2, 2019

With NAIDOC week approaching we are revisiting Red Room Poetry's  Unlocked poetry and music workshops at Balund-a. This time we feature recordings from the NAIDOC week workshops and community celebration  in 2017. Balund-a is a diversionary program for young indigenous offenders situated on a beautiful working cattle...


Apr 22, 2019

This episode emphasises the role of Elders in mentoring young indigenous offenders on the diversionary program at Balund-a. Uncle Lewis Walker has been a regular collaborator in the annual Red Room Unlocked poetry and music workshops. In this episode we join the participants reading their work in English, with Lewis...


Mar 5, 2019

Balund-a is a residential diversionary program for young indigenous offenders, located on a working rural property on the Clarence River, near Tabulam, in northern NSW. In addition to drug and alcohol recovery programs, Balund-a offers participants vocational training, numeracy and literacy courses, and a...


Feb 6, 2019

In this initial episode indigenous ex prisoner Keenan Mundine talks about his experiences in juvenile detention and adult prisons in NSW. We also discuss his work as an advocate for young people caught up in the justice system, and his involvement with campaigning for prison reform.