The Age reports that the number of people on remand in Victoria has almost doubled since the Labor government came to power with the annual Corrections spend annual spend rising by more than $300 million since 2013-2014. Link to the article here.
Read about how this analysis demonstrates that specialist support at a crucial point in criminal justice proceedings can greatly improve outcomes for people with intellectual disability, and also provide significant cost savings to government. here.
For a useful analysis of the recent ALRC report, read Elyse Methven’s piece in ‘The Conversation AU’. Link here.
The media release says the report identifies significant failings in youth justice centres, including: • High staff turnover and absenteeism • A breakdown in professional relationships between youth justice staff and young people • Excessive and improper use of isolation … Continue reading →
The ALRC says that implementation of its recommendations in this recently released report will reduce the disproportionate rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and improve community safety. The 35 recommendations include: promote substantive equality before the law … Continue reading →
This is systematic review and metasynthesis of findings from qualitative evaluations of community reentry programs. The findings suggest that the ‘interpersonal skills of case workers; access to social support and housing; and continuity of case worker relationships throughout the pre-release … Continue reading →
Last month, the Office of Justice Programs’ National Criminal Justice Reference Service in the United States released this report on lessons learnt for the Reentry Court Program Implementation and Sustainability. Download the PDF report here.
In December, the NSW Government launched a pilot diversion program to help people with a cognitive impairment charged with low-level offences access services that address the underlying causes of their offending behavior. For further information about the program, click here.
Emma Ryan in Deakin News says Norway and other Scandinavian countries such as Sweden, focus heavily on rehabilitating prisoners, rather than punishing them further. This is not the case in Australia, although she does refer to some potential developments happening here.
The Guardian Australia’s analysis of the current problems in the criminal justice systems across Australia. Link here.