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.

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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 public health. 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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ID Code: 6462
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: prison, recidivism, rehabilitation, integration, policy, health status
ISBN: 1741071291
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: Past > 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 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:38

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