Young offenders on immediate release orders : are they being set up to fail?

Bell, Suzanne (2003). Young offenders on immediate release orders : are they being set up to fail? Master's Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

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Author Bell, Suzanne
Thesis Title Young offenders on immediate release orders : are they being set up to fail?
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2003
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Supervisor Paul Mazerolle
Total pages 84
Language eng
Subjects 1602 Criminology
Formatted abstract
The thesis investigates the effectiveness of the practices of Department of Families staff who work with young offenders who have been sentenced to one of the most serious court orders currently available in Queensland legislation, the immediate release order and a last option to detention. To do so, I use a range of information and quantitative methodologies to investigate the characteristics of the young people, the information presented to the court which sentences the young offender and practitioner documentation preparation through the period of their interaction with the young offender during the (at most) three month period of their order. The information gained through this research project shows that most young people successfully complete their order although there are many who do not. For those who are failing to comply with the requirements of their orders, this research shows that it in some ways relates to some unsatisfactory practices of those charged with responsibility for assisting young people. To fully understand this phenomenon however, a more comprehensive analysis of associated factors is recommended. It would especially be beneficial if this analysis produced relevant and useful risk and assessment tools through which practitioners are able to fully understand the lives of those young people for whom they have a legal responsibility and illustrate the extent and effectiveness of their practices.

This research project has been undertaken with the specific intent of providing the Department of Families with a useful knowledge base from which more effective and efficient service delivery practices can result. Accordingly, this thesis might be subject to a level of criticism as it does not read as a purely academic document.
Keyword Juvenile delinquents

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