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Corrections education and employment assistance ‘down under’: current and emerging practices and paradigms

Graffam, Joe, Shinkfield, Alison J. and Lavelle, Barbara 2014, Corrections education and employment assistance ‘down under’: current and emerging practices and paradigms, London review of education, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 221-234, doi: 10.18546/LRE.12.2.07.

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Title Corrections education and employment assistance ‘down under’: current and emerging practices and paradigms
Author(s) Graffam, Joe
Shinkfield, Alison J.
Lavelle, Barbara
Journal name London review of education
Volume number 12
Issue number 2
Start page 221
End page 234
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2014-07
ISSN 1474-8460
1474-8479
Keyword(s) Corrections education
Employment assistance
Employment training
Prisoners
Offenders
Summary This article provides a view of contemporary Australia in terms of patterns of offending and incarceration, the characteristics of its correctional systems, vocational education and training (VET) within correctional settings, and post-release employment of prisoners and offenders serving community-based orders (CBOs). A two-year case study of employment assistance for 2,458 Australian prisoners and offenders serving CBOs was evaluated. The voluntary 12-month programme targeted participants at moderate to high risk of reoffending. Overall, employment outcomes were positive with more than one-third of registrations resulting in employment. Employment outcomes varied for gender and participant status (prisoner/offender). Recidivism outcomes were analysed for the whole programme and for a random sample of 600 prisoner participants. Results indicated a very low overall recidivism rate (7.46 per cent) for programme participants, and comparison of pre-programme and post-release recidivism showed reduced recidivism on three recidivism measures. The findings are contextualized in terms of current thinking and emerging practices in offender treatment, with a focus on reintegration as ecological system engagement and integrated systems of support as central to promoting positive lifestyle change.
Language eng
DOI 10.18546/LRE.12.2.07
Field of Research 130199 Education Systems not elsewhere classified
13 Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30093762

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