04
Nov 15

Predictable & Preventable: Aboriginal People with Cognitive Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System

Below is a case study taken from ‘A predictable and preventable path: Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities in the criminal justice system’ – a new report by Eileen Baldry, Ruth McCausland, Leanne Dowse and Elizabeth McEntyre from UNSW. Michael is an Indigenous man in his mid-20s. He was diagnosed as a child as … Continue reading Predictable & Preventable: Aboriginal People with Cognitive Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System

09
Oct 15

Imprisonment and Transition back to the Community – Real and Present Challenges

Australian prison populations are growing and changing in ways that create challenges both for managing people in prison and helping them transition back into the community. At the most recent annual prisoner census, there were just under 34,000 people in Australian prisons – the highest number for a decade. Almost all of them were male. … Continue reading Imprisonment and Transition back to the Community – Real and Present Challenges

30
Sep 15

Restorative and Therapeutic Justice: From Theory to Political Reality

Author:Rob Hulls

Whether at the front end of the criminal justice process to prevent reoffending upon release, or to repair some of the harm of crime and restore victims to a position of dignity, restorative and therapeutic approaches are shown to be a positive intervention. Certainly, as Victorian Attorney-General, I championed programs which demonstrated how therapeutic approaches … Continue reading Restorative and Therapeutic Justice: From Theory to Political Reality

14
Sep 15

The Solaris Program: A Collaborative Approach to Reintegration of Prisoners

‘This program has given me real chance at a better life, thank you.’ ‘I never really appreciated how drugs were affecting the decisions I was making until now.’ These examples are indicative of the positive feedback the Solaris Program has received from 200 participants over the past six years since the program commenced. Karralika Programs … Continue reading The Solaris Program: A Collaborative Approach to Reintegration of Prisoners

10
Sep 15

People with Mental Health, Cognitive Disability & Complex Support Needs: Breaking the Prison Cycle

Some of the major but largely hidden issues facing those being released from prison are the difficulties people with mental and cognitive disabilities have to deal with when establishing themselves successfully in the community. Across Australia around 60,000 people (sentenced and unsentenced) are released from prison annually. Although data on this area is poor, it … Continue reading People with Mental Health, Cognitive Disability & Complex Support Needs: Breaking the Prison Cycle

25
Aug 15

5 of the Best Long Reads: Reintegration of Prisoners into the Community

When it comes to reintegration from prison into the community, pertinent issues such as accommodation, partnerships between services, and alcohol and drugs are not isolated problems faced only by offenders in Australia. They are in fact, common issues that offenders in different countries across the world face. Below are some great long-read articles that discuss … Continue reading 5 of the Best Long Reads: Reintegration of Prisoners into the Community