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Approaching responsivity : the Victorian Department of Justice and Indigenous Offenders

conference contribution
posted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by Claire Spivakovsky
Offender rehabilitation has developed a stronghold on correctional practice in the past two decades. Further strengthening this grip have been three main  principles for effective practice; risk, needs and responsivity. This paper will focus on the responsivity principle, which dictates that effective rehabilitation involves consideration of an offender's cognitive behavioural characteristics and appropriate program delivery. In particular, this paper will analyse how this task has been approached by the Victorian Department of Justice in relation to  Indigenous offenders. Drawing on recent interviews with Justice staff, it will be  shown that Justice's approach to being responsive to the needs of Victorian Indigenous offenders is more complex than addressing cognitive behavioural characteristics and program delivery. It involves meaningful interactions that extend beyond the Department of Justice and Indigenous offenders to include Indigenous communities.

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Event

Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. Conference (20th : 2007 : Adelaide, S. Aust. )

Pagination

649 - 662

Publisher

School of Law, Flinders University

Location

Adelaide, South Australia

Place of publication

Adelaide, S. A.

Start date

2007-09-23

End date

2007-09-26

ISSN

1325-3387

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Language

eng

Notes

Paper published in Flinders Journal of Law Reform Volume 10 Issue 3 (2007-2008)

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Editor/Contributor(s)

J Wundersitz, A Goldsmith

Title of proceedings

ANZSOC 2007 : Proceedings of the 20th Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference : Criminology : Building Bridges

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