Sisyphus and the System: criminal justice reform in the Australian Capital Territory

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Holder, Robyn
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2009
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This paper acknowledges that the challenge to reform the criminal justice system's response to domestic violence is akin to the unremitting task of Sisyphus. Rather than accept that a successful reform effort is as absurd as rolling a boulder up a hill, the paper suggests that the generation of knowledge through research and evaluation serves to give a richer and more purposeful meaning to the tasks. Knowledge-generation is posed as a means to build the capacity of the criminal justice system to reform itself. Research, in this context, is a collaboration amongst justice administrators, domestic violence advocates and researchers to share and lighten the load of Sisyphus.

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Currents: New Scholarship in the Human Services

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8

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1

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Causes and Prevention of Crime

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