Ron Woodham on the way out

After a ten year stint in the top job, NSW Prisons Commissioner Ron Woodham is on the way out, with the Attorney General Greg Smith announcing this week that his contract will not be renewed.

There is a lot of debate about whether the Woodham was removed or if he happily stood down.

Some commentators view this decision as Greg Smith’s first successful move in his bid to reform the harsh, old school prison system.

And there are some very mixed reviews of the Woodham era, with the Daily Telegraph calling him “the best ever” prisons boss, while others say his regime was harsh and did little to rehabilitate offenders.

2ser spoke to Brett Collins from the prisoners’ rights group Justice Action.

Hear the interview here: