Parklea inmates get a new look on release

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Nepean News; August 5, 2022

They say clothes maketh the man and leaving prison in a new outfit can ensure inmates get their best start.

The Blacktown Ponds Lions Club recognised this when they received clothing from non-profit Good360 Australia and were looking for a worthy cause to donate them to.

Understanding the importance of a fresh start when leaving prison, former Parklea Correctional Centre nurse and Blacktown Ponds Lions Club member Sharon Whiteis suggested inmates would appreciate new clothes.

“I’ve seen men leave here at the train station and at the bus stop in their prison greens and they get judged immediately and struggle right off the bat,” Mrs Whiteis said.

“You need to give them a good start and they need a chance, so they have hope of success when they get out. Having a new set of clothes will help them achieve that when reintroducing them to life on the outside.”

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