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Careering Into Corrections

Lynch, Cleo

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ISBN 10: 1922086606 / ISBN 13: 9781922086600
Published by Sid Harta Publishers, 2013
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Title: Careering Into Corrections

Publisher: Sid Harta Publishers

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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The disintegration of a marriage and a plummeting in financial and social status when in her late forties, leaves the author stranded with a limited income, custody of the two youngest children, a mortgage, no provision for her old age and an employment history fractured by part-time positions structured around family responsibilities. A recruitment advertisement for prison officers in the wake of the Nagle Royal Commission becomes the catalyst for a major career change with the New South Wales Department of Corrective Services, and catapults her into a world beyond her imagination. However, this choice launches her into a fulfilling, stimulating career, delivering not only financial security and a professional status, but also the privilege of working with dedicated colleagues and offenders and their families. Avoiding a catalogue of sensational revelations about staff and offenders, she narrates the experiences through the prism of a naive, middle-class housewife and mother with humour and compassion and tries to convey insights into, and a broader understanding of the many facets of the world of corrections and its links with society. Interwoven with these experiences are the challenges of adapting to the life of a single person and mother while completing a BA at Macquarie University. Retiring in her mid-sixties after a seventeen year career, she has no misgivings about her decision to work in this much-maligned industry. Cleo Lynch has written a moving account about coming out of a secure domestic place to find employment as a mature woman in Corrections NSW. In this often funny and sometimes challenging workplace she finds her own rewarding resilience and a means of providing compassionate guidance for women in prison. Apart from that Cleo tells her story in an engaging and literate style. I thoroughly enjoyed this woman’s report on her changing life. —Ann Symonds, retired member of NSW Upper House I found myself wholeheartedly drawn into the world of Cleo Lynch. What a feisty, strong and capable woman she is. Her story is truly inspirational and her empathy for those around her hard to beat. —John Morrow’s Pick of the Week

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Moving from Queensland to New South Wales in her early twenties, Cleo Lynch married and raised a large family. To further her education, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in English literature at Macquarie University as a mature-aged student. In her late forties, at a time of major upheaval in her life, she applied for employment with the NSW Department of Corrective Services where she worked in a variety of roles including correctional officer, probation and parole officer and a trainer at the academy. In 1996, she became the inaugural manager of the first community-based, pre-release halfway house in New South Wales for female offenders and their children. She sees herself as an ordinary person with a great admiration for ordinary people and their resilience in the face of the many events which disrupt or indeed, devastate a life. Her observations of how isolation and loneliness can permeate lives and extinguish hope influence her thinking and writing. After retirement, Cleo began to explore her potential as a writer. To date her writing has been limited to formal and informal articles and papers in her professional and private spheres, including short stories and pieces while attending a community college writing group. Her release from a stimulating career in corrections into retirement left a large gap in her life where, in her own words, she decided to ‘let the ground lie fallow’ and settle in gradually. Her subsequent volunteer career included roles as a TAFE tutor and a radio reader for the print handicapped. She is now a volunteer at the New South Wales State Library where she hosts tours and is on the editorial panel of the magazine for volunteers. With her transition from correctional career to retirement now complete, Cleo enjoys a diverse range of social and cultural activities with a wide circle of family and friends.

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