Interviews with ex cons, gang members, gang leaders, youth mentors, mental health advocates etc. From across Australia and New Zealand who have inspiring tales of redemption and overcoming the odds.
Bank robber and prison escapee from Mt Druitt
thevoiceofasurvivor.com Russell Manser is a former bank robber and prison escapee from Mount Druitt. He shares his story of being sentenced to an infamous boys home at 15, and going to Long bay prison at 16. Abuses he suffered in these institutions led to a life of Bank robberies, heroin addiction, and a total of over 23 years spent behind bars. He is now the director of thevoiceofasurvior.com where he helps seek justice for people who have suffered institutional abuse.
Melbourne inmate Incarcerated since 16
An Australian inmate shares his story.
Charlotte unit SUPERMAX Port Phillip prison
Today I speak on my time in Charlotte unit, a high security/ supermax unit located in the bowels of Port Phillip prison.
Associate professor of Forensic psychology | Swinburne university
Stephanne shares his story of going from bouncing at night clubs, to becoming an associate professor at Swinburne university. His research looks at culturally and linguistically diverse young people and their involvement in the youth justice system. He discusses his work at the Parkville youth justice centre, and some of the common threads and background stories of the inmates there. He is also involved with a number of organisations in Melbourne mentoring and guiding at-risk youth. He also gives advice to any youth workers or groups on the best way to work with young people.
Getting deported from Australia | Being a ”501” in New Zealand
Today I talk about getting deported from to New Zealand, why the Australian government started deporting us in the first place, and the crimewave that ensued here as a result. I also talk about where the 501 name came from.
NSW/ QLD women's inmate | Charged with trafficking 77 kilos of meth
Sherrie shares her testimony of growing up in the south coast of New south whales. By 28 she is a business owner and married with kids. After moving to Sydney and getting a divorce things take a turn for the worse as she ends up in an abusive relationship with a drug addict. With her brother she starts transporting large quantities of drugs from NSW to QLD and making a lot of money. She eventually goes to prison for discharging firearms in public and trafficking methamphetamine. She has been out for 6 months now, and is in her second year of bible college, ESHAY!
Inspirational interviews. Amazing characters. Strong theme of redemption- people overcoming their demons. Also a good insight into the corruption in bureaucracy.