Bernie Matthews is a convicted bank robber and prison escapee who has served time for armed robbery and prison escapes in NSW (1969-1980) and Queensland (1996-2000). During his periods of incarceration Bernie Matthews studied journalism and received scholarships to study as an external student at the University of Southern Queensland. His insider's account of Brenden Abbott's escape from Sir David Longlands Correctional Centre, "The Day Cassidy won the Cup" is published in Justice in the Deep North: A Historical Perspective of Crime and Punishment in Queensland." DNA and the Justice Game" was published in the 2004 winter edition of The Griffith Review-Making Perfect Bodies. In the 2004 Queensland Media Awards Bernie Matthews won the 'Most Outstanding Journalism Student-All Media Award' with The Crime and Prison Movie Genre Showcase Only Rare True Success and backed up to win 'The Best Online/News Wire Report (Electronic Media)' for Abuse Within Prisons makes Prisoners More Violent Upon Release.