Addressing the offending-related needs of non-violent Indigenous offenders

Richards, Kelly (2015) Addressing the offending-related needs of non-violent Indigenous offenders. Research Briefs, 20. Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse, Sydney, N.S.W.

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This report examines publically-available research literature from North America, Australia and New Zealand on the effectiveness of measures that aim to reduce non-violent offending by Indigenous people. It identifies culturally safe and relevant principles for the design and implementation of measures that have been found to be promising in terms of reducing this category of offending. These principles are important for policy-makers and practitioners to understand, given that many Indigenous people come into contact with the criminal justice system in relation to non-violent offences such as public order and driving offences. The principles set out in the report include: incorporating Indigenous culture, family and community into treatment programs; combining Indigenous approaches with effective Western treatment models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; and addressing the substance abuse, trauma, and historical and social context often associated with offending by Indigenous people. In addition to promoting these principles, the report provides an overview of Indigenous people’s contact with the criminal justice system in relation to non-violent crimes, as well as a discussion of specific programs that have been used with this group of offenders.

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ID Code: 91278
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: Indigenous offenders, Non-violent offenders, Offending-related needs
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2015 04:32
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2015 05:42

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