Pioneering Prison Abolition

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16th July 2024

11am - 12pm






Alumni; Current Students; Public and Community; Research and Industry; Staff


Law Clinic |  lisa.dale@jcu.edu.au

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Debbie Kilroy OAM shares her turbulent journey with the prison system and her trailblazing work to abolish it.

Join us for a captivating event featuring the remarkable Debbie Kilroy OAM, a trailblazing advocate who has transformed adversity into action. From her own turbulent journey, including experiencing incarceration from a young age, Debbie has emerged as a beacon of change, dedicated to ending the cycle of criminalisation and imprisonment of women and girls. Founder of Sisters Inside and Kilroy & Callaghan Lawyers, Debbie is a fearless abolitionist championing the dismantling of the Prison Industrial Complex. Her groundbreaking work, fueled by the belief in "nothing about us without us," has led to the establishment of the National Network of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, amplifying their voices to reshape the landscape of justice in our nation. Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired and empowered by Debbie's unwavering commitment to justice reform.

About the Presenter

Debbie Kilroy OAM was first criminalised at the age of 13 and spent over two decades in and out of women’s and children’s prisons. Driven to end the criminalisation and imprisonment of girls and women, Debbie established Sisters Inside, as well as her law firm, Kilroy & Callaghan Lawyers. An unapologetic abolitionist, Debbie’s activism work centres on dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex and all forms of carceral control and exile. With a firm belief that there should be ‘nothing about us without us’, Debbie established the National Network of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls to centre the voices, experiences and aspirations of criminalised and imprisoned women and girls in order to change the face of justice in this country.