Post-release experience of prisoners in Queensland: implications for community and policy
Kinner, Stuart & Williams, Megan L. (2006) Post-release experience of prisoners in Queensland: implications for community and policy. In Social Change in the 21st Century Conference 2006, 27 October 2006, QUT Carseldine, Brisbane.
Released prisoners are characterised by chronic social disadvantage, poor
physical and mental health, and high rates of substance misuse – a
continuation of problems experienced prior to imprisonment. High rates of
recidivism, suicide and fatal drug overdose in the months after release from
custody indicate that not all prisoners are successfully integrated into the
community after release. A disproportionate number of prisoners and exprisoners
identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and there is
evidence of even higher mortality rates among Indigenous ex-prisoners.
Movement of individuals between prison and the community is considerable,
and has diverse and significant implications for individuals, communities and
Despite this, remarkably little is known about the experiences of recently
released prisoners in Australia or elsewhere. It is thus difficult to formulate
evidence-based policies for this group, and equally difficult to gauge the
effectiveness of existing policies and programs. The stated policy of most
correctional services in Australia is one of ‘throughcare’, which implies
continuity of needs- and evidence-based service provision from the moment of
reception, through to return to the community. At present, however, there is a
dearth of evidence-based services and support for the criminogenic, healthrelated
or psychosocial needs of prisoners, and even less support for these
needs post-release. Throughout Australia, there is considerable scope for
enhancing the application of throughcare principles to policy and practice.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||prison, recidivism, rehabilitation, integration, policy, health status|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Applied Sociology Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment (160801)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research|
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2006 Stuart Kinner and Megan L. Williams|
|Deposited On:||09 Mar 2007|
|Last Modified:||09 Jun 2010 22:38|
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