TV Cameras were permitted in a high security prison to film the Sycamore Tree Project in Queensland, for the first time.
Reporters showed the graduation ceremony as crime victims mixed freely with prisoners, prison staff and visitors.
Prison Fellowship state manager David Way said the benefits of the project are four-fold.
“The prisoner gets change, the victim gets healing, the state’s not paying $120,000 a year to keep someone in a prison, and they might get out and get a job and pay tax so it’s not a drain on the welfare system,” Mr Way said.
It is hoped a scheme that brings victims of crime together with offenders will be rolled out through prisons across Queensland.
The Sycamore Tree Project, run by the Prison Fellowship, aims to reduce recidivism, but also help victims to heal.