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Correctional offender rehabilitation programs : the national picture in Australia

Abstract

This is a report of a study funded by the Criminology Research Council. The report provides a descriptive picture of the nature of offender rehabilitation programs offered to adult clients of correctional services throughout Australia. The information contained in the report was obtained from face-to-face interviews with representatives from each State/Territory correctional administration, as well as from existing documentation and program manuals supplied by each jurisdiction. The first part of the report provides an outline of the legislative guidance and/or mandates given to jurisdictions in the delivery of rehabilitation programs, followed by a description of the nine different types of offender rehabilitation program that are currently offered in Australia. These are programs which aim to target the following areas: cognitive skills, drug and alcohol, anger management, violence, domestic violence, sex offending, as well as programs for specific populations: special needs, female offenders and Indigenous offenders. The report then discusses the strengths of offender rehabilitation programs in Australia, including good practice principles, and future challenges in delivering these. The second part of the report provides a more detailed description of programs offered to offenders, reported by jurisdiction. This provides information that may be used to compare and contrast the types of programs offered in each State/Territory.

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