More than Guns or Grog: The role of television in the health and wellbeing of Australian Aboriginal Prisoners

Grant, E and Jewkes, Y 2013, 'More than Guns or Grog: The role of television in the health and wellbeing of Australian Aboriginal Prisoners', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 667-683.


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Title More than Guns or Grog: The role of television in the health and wellbeing of Australian Aboriginal Prisoners
Author(s) Grant, E
Jewkes, Y
Year 2013
Journal name Current Issues in Criminal Justice
Volume number 25
Issue number 2
Start page 667
End page 683
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Abstract This article examines the provision of television in the South Australian prison system and its importance to the identity, health, wellbeing and ontological security of Aboriginal prisoners. Existing research has explored the use of broadcast and print media by prisoners in the United Kingdom, United States and Europe and has established that television has an impact on incarcerated audiences far beyond its role as an electronic babysitter or a means of filling time. It is also recognised that television plays a significant role in the lives of Aboriginal people (Michaels 1986). However, little is known about television in relation to incarcerated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. This article draws on data concerning in-cell television (TV) among Aboriginal men in prison,1 which found that, when asked to identify the most important factors in the prison environment, 87 per cent of participants identified access to in-cell television as the single most important factor contributing to their congruency with prison accommodation. The article further indicates that access to in-cell television has the potential to reduce incidents of suicide and self-harm and should be adopted as a best-practice principle for Aboriginal prisoners in Australian correctional environments.
Subject Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
Criminology not elsewhere classified
DOI - identifier 10.1080/10345329.2013.12035989
Copyright notice © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN 1034-5329
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