Australia's National Prison Newspaper

About Time
Media Ltd.

Australia's National Prison Newspaper

About Time
Media Ltd.

Australia's National
Prison Newspaper

About Time
Media Ltd.

Welcome to About Time

About Time is the national newspaper for Australian prisons and detention facilities

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JULY 2024



JULY 2024

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Welcome to About Time

About Time is the national newspaper for Australian prisons and detention facilities

The paper will publish its first edition in July 2024, with its aim to be delivered monthly to all incarcerated people across Australia free of charge.

About Time will also be freely available online, and available in print to people outside prison through a subscription.

People incarcerated in Australia have little or no access to the internet, few news sources, and limited opportunities for self-expression.

About Time seeks to provide these people with a voice. It is a platform for news and education, expression and hope.

About Time will be written primarily by current and formerly incarcerated people. 

The paper will be independent from Corrections authorities and is published by the recently established non-profit About Time Media Ltd. The charity possesses deductible gift-recipient status, and so the paper will be primarily funded by donations. We also aim to have advertising opportunities for other charities and legal services. 

About Time Media Ltd is represented by people who work and have worked in criminal justice and prison systems across Australia, including at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, the Fitzroy Legal Service, Justice Action in NSW, RMIT University’s Inside-Out program, and the Prisoners’ Legal Service in Queensland. The organisation is supported by over 35 criminal justice organisations, community legal centres and human rights organisations across Australia, as well as multiple philanthropic trusts.

Image by Ike Curtis
About Time.

A place for news and education, expression and hope.

Help us get About Time off the ground. All donations are tax deductible and will be vital in providing an essential resource for people in prison and their loved ones.

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What will be in the paper?

News and Current Affairs

Each edition will have at least two news articles, which are topical stories ideally specifically relevant to people in prison/the criminal justice space.

Letters from the Inside

Each edition will have several pages dedicated to publishing incarcerated people’s letters. The letters will range from the everyday, such as ‘what I eat in prison’, to the profound (stories from a person’s past, advice to others for how to endure prison etc).


Each edition will have at least one page with jokes, cartoons, crosswords, sudoku, the nine-letter word, prison recipes, and/or other games.

Inside Art

Each edition will dedicate at least one page to artwork by current and formerly incarcerated people. This may include poetry, drawings, paintings, song lyrics, short stories of fiction, creative non-fiction.


Each edition will contain between 1-2 pages of legal information and education. 

The possibilities for this section are endless: ‘debunking prison myths’, ‘preparing for parole’, ‘preparing for parole applications’ ‘what to do if you receive a Mandatory visa cancellation’, ‘your rights in prison’, ‘your rights to access information about your case’, ‘your rights to free legal advice/representation’, etc.

Preparing for the Outside

Some editions may include articles about how to prepare for life outside prison, including ‘how to set up a bank account’, ‘simple recipes’, ‘financial literacy’, ‘how to set up a phone’, ‘what to expect when first released’ etc. 

We will connect with legal and social organisations for reliable information.

The Outside View

Each edition will also have at least one page dedicated to publishing letters from those outside prison. Most commonly these will be letters from formerly incarcerated people, family and friends.

They might be advice to those inside, they might be about their own experiences of (their or their family’s/friend’s) incarceration, or anything else.

Jurisdiction-specific Content

Each edition will contain information that is relevant specifically to each of the eight individual jurisdictions.

Write to us!

Please send any submissions to:

About Time Media

PO BOX 24041
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Or email:

Have suggestions?

We want to work with community and people who have been imprisoned or criminalised so that we make something that is useful and valuable for incarcerated people. If you have ideas for how to improve the paper, including any different sections of the paper or anyone we should reach out to, please email us at:

Examples of Content

Welcome to Australia’s National Prison Newspaper

About Time will be a place for news and education, expression and hope

by Joseph Friedman, Rosie Heselev, Helen Blaber, Brett Collins and Marietta Martinovic

Australia has never had a regular national prison newspaper. We believe it’s about time that changed.

Image by: Ike Curtis

The Road to Redemption

Stepping forward

by Elisa

Don't follow in my footsteps
It's been no Sunday stroll
No the road to redemption
Isn't paved in gold

Image by: Paper Chained

The Revolving Door

Returning to custody, and how to change

by Anonymous

I am definitely noticing a revolving door in my life with one side being prison. It is a wedge in my life that only I have driven. If I have created it then I can dismantle it. I know I have to get real and start critically thinking as to how I am going to stop. 

Letters from the Inside
Image by: Paper Chained


Darkness and love

by Lauren

No matter what our pasts may say
What hurts, our pains endured,
And tears shed for those who
Walked away.

Image by Joe Gough for The New Yorker

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