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Building community confidence in community corrections


Bartels, L and Weatherburn, D, Building community confidence in community corrections, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 32, (3) pp. 292-308. ISSN 1034-5329 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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2020 Sydney Institute of Criminology

DOI: doi:10.1080/10345329.2020.1801150


It is inevitable that some people granted conditional release will (re)offend, but most will complete their order without incident. Nevertheless, the standard approach adopted by correctional agencies to communicating with the public about community corrections is one of minimal information. We suggest that this may create an impression that offenders are dark shadowy figures incapable of change or redemption. To address this, we set out an agenda for Australian governments to build public confidence in community corrections. We call for more robust program evaluation, publication of the results and regular updates on trends in successful order completion. We also highlight the importance of educating the public about crime and corrections and the need to improve the credibility of community corrections. Finally, governments should do more to humanise offenders. The public has a right to know more about how offenders are managed in the community. They also deserve to hear the stories behind the statistics.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, community corrections, corrections agencies, public confidence, public opinion
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Rehabilitation and correctional services
UTAS Author:Bartels, L (Ms Lorana Bartels)
ID Code:143874
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2021-04-08
Last Modified:2021-09-30

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