Accessibility and Perceived Efficacy of Programs for the Assistance of Adult Indigenous Offenders
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This report presents the findings from a project that examined adult correctional programs throughout Australia as well as their accessibility and perceived efficacy for Indigenous offenders. Recently, it has been claimed that Aboriginal people have “fewer opportunities for rehabilitation and are therefore more likely to re-offend and come into contact with the justice system again” (Law Reform Commission of Western Australia, 2006, p. 100). Information about correctional programs was provided by representatives from five jurisdictions. Assessments were made about: (i) Whether jurisdictions had programs that addressed the risks/needs of Indigenous offenders; (ii) Whether culture was adequately incorporated into programs to enhance responsivity and effectiveness; and (iii) Whether eligibility criteria restricted access to programs.
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