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'A real gap': consequences of removing reintegration support in Tasmania, Australia


Herrlander Birgerson, EL and Dwyer, A, 'A real gap': consequences of removing reintegration support in Tasmania, Australia, Critical Criminology pp. 1-19. ISSN 1572-9877 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10612-022-09631-2


As Australian imprisonment and recidivism rates continue to rise, it is increasingly important to better understand how to support "returning citizens" to adequately prepare them for post-release life. Using a case study approach focused on service provider perspectives, this article examines the consequences of removing a transitional accommodation support service on service providers and returning citizens. Participants highlighted significant consequences, such as: gaps in services; lack of support and housing; persons remaining in the system unnecessarily; persons being released without transitional support or accommodation; health implications; loss of relationships and trust; and suicide of returned citizens. Drawing on critical criminological theory, we argue that the most significant consequence was the loss of "floating support" - which involves a case worker who brokers support between agencies working with a single client - that was integrated into the program. Study findings suggest serious consequences of government decisions to defund programs in this sector.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:reintegration, transitional accommodation support, recidivism, Tasmania
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:Herrlander Birgerson, EL (Miss Ebba Herrlander Birgerson)
UTAS Author:Dwyer, A (Dr Angela Dwyer)
ID Code:150625
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Politics and International Relations
Deposited On:2022-06-23
Last Modified:2022-06-23

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