IMAGE: The Student Address at the Darwin Correctional Facility Graduation Ceremony 5th October, courtesy of Batchelor Institute.

The number of incarcerated students obtaining educational certificates in the Northern Territory’s justice system has more than doubled since 2015.

Prisoners in the Darwin and Alice Springs Correction Facilities receive their training from the award-winning Batchelor Institute, under a seven year agreement established last year.

The latest round of graduation ceremonies has brought the number of graduated students for 2016 to 181 – a 140 per cent increase on last year.

Prisoners receive training in a range of disciplines including engineering, visual arts and vocational pathways and are encouraged to continue their training upon release.

Batchelor Institute was judged as the Territory’s 2016 Outstanding Training Provider of the Year for the third time.

Batchelor Institute CEO and Martu man Robert Somerville says future plans include offering university-level courses for prisoners.