Queensland prisoners put in 120,000 hours of community work

PRISONERS have worked 120,000 hours of community service throughout the state in the past financial year, contributing to aged care homes in Toowoomba and Beerwah's Recycling Centre on the Sunshine Coast.

The value of their work is estimated at $2.6.million.

A Toowoomba aged care group Ozlodges was given 3915 hours of labour, which included cleaning, food preparation and garden maintenance worth $86,130.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said those lower security prisoners who wanted "to get their lives back on track" could be put to work.

"Prison is not a holiday camp so there is no reason for inmates in low security facilities to be sitting idle," he said.

"We want to make sure that those who are able, are out in the community making a difference.

"We encourage offenders to develop a level of responsibility as they prepare for release and community work is an important part of this process."

Mr Dempsey said it allowed prisoners to contribute while they worked towards their rehabilitation.

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