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Insight’s exclusive two-part special inside a maximum security Women’s Prison

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In an Insight two-part special, after months of work host Jenny Brockie was given extremely rare access inside Silverwater Women’s Correctional Centre in NSW to speak one-on-one with inmates.

She was joined by an all-female production team, with Supervising Producer Erin Reimer, and Producer Amanda Xiberras.

The two-part special is a sometimes confronting and often moving picture of women in prison that no other television program in Australia has been able to provide before.

The inmates and prison officers speak to Jenny candidly about a range of issues in one-on-one interviews, including whether the prison system work.

“I don’t think there’s enough programs available to make these people change their lives. I don’t think there’s enough incentive to entice them to change their ways, and you can see that via the high rate of recidivism.” – Angela, Prison Officer

Incarceration rates are on the rise across the board in Australia, but the rate of increase is higher for women than it is for men. The number of women in prison in Australia has risen over 60% since 2005, and 11% between 2014 and 2015. Also on the rise is recidivism, with over 40% of women released from prison returning to the system.

Silverwater Women’s Correctional Centre in NSW has allowed Insight to bring cameras inside its towering, barb-wire lined walls to find out why women get there, and what life is really like on the inside.

Four maximum security inmates speak openly with award-winning presenter Jenny Brockie about their crimes. Major drug importation, spine-chilling violence, and repeat offences of fraud and theft are spoken about with remarkable candour. Drug use, domestic violence and disadvantage are discussed alongside responsibility, rehabilitation and remorse.

Trusted for delving deeper into the stories we don’t usually hear, Insight takes Australians inside this maximum security prison to speak directly to the inmates and ask: Why are you here? How did you get here? What do you have to do to survive in here? And what will you do when you get out?

Insight is hosted by Gold Walkley award-winner Jenny Brockie and airs Tuesdays at 8.30pm on SBS and is available after broadcast anytime, on your favourite device via SBS On Demand.