He left the country's highest security prison three months ago and, for the first time in his life, he feels he has a sense of purpose.

That's because the 24-year-old Indigenous man converted to Islam on the inside.

"Islam was basically the only thing I had in jail," he said. "[It] taught me to improve my temper and it gave me a sense of hope. It's made me want to strive to be a better person."

He was given the new name 'Jihad' by fellow inmates in Goulburn prison's Indigenous wing. He claims that at least 25 of about 30 inmates in the wing have converted to Islam and their yard now operates under Shariah law.

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