17th Reintegration Puzzle Conference

Rydges World Square, Sydney
19th-21st June 2024

Stepping Up

Tahlia Isaac

Strong Empowered Living Free Pty Ltd (SELF Projects)

Tahlia Isaac, a resilient and passionate woman, stands at the intersection of personal experience and academic inquiry, lending a unique and compelling perspective to the discourse on collateral consequences. As a devoted mother of two boys, Tahlia’s journey through the criminal justice system has fuelled her advocacy for social justice, shaping her into a formidable voice for an often overlooked population.

Having spent ten months in Queensland correctional facilities, and navigating life after release, Tahlia intimately understands the collateral consequences that permeate the lives of those trapped in the criminal justice system. Her lived experience serves as a catalyst for her scholarly pursuits, driving her commitment to shedding light on the systemic challenges faced by individuals re-entering society after incarceration.
Tahlia Isaac’s academic journey is emblematic of her resilience and determination to effect change. As a new scholar, she channels her firsthand knowledge and passion into rigorous research, seeking to illuminate the interconnected consequences that persist long after the prison gates have closed.

This paper authored by Tahlia Isaac is a testament to her dedication to social justice and her advocacy for a more equitable and compassionate system. Her biography intertwines personal and academic narratives, creating a compelling backdrop for her exploration of collateral consequences and underscoring the urgent need for reform in the criminal justice landscape.

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