Is corrections correcting? An examination of prisoner rehabilitation policy and practice in Queensland

Walsh, Tamara (2006) Is corrections correcting? An examination of prisoner rehabilitation policy and practice in Queensland. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 39 1: 109-133. doi:10.1375/acri.39.1.109


Author Walsh, Tamara
Title Is corrections correcting? An examination of prisoner rehabilitation policy and practice in Queensland
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8658
1837-9273
Publication date 2006-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1375/acri.39.1.109
Volume 39
Issue 1
Start page 109
End page 133
Total pages 25
Editor P. Mazerolle
Place of publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Abstract This article provides an analysis of the policy and practice of prisoner rehabilitation in Queensland, and the extent to which they accord with international best practice. Actual practice was identified through interviews and written submissions from 20 ex-prisoners and 18 prisoner service providers (including two past staff members from Queensland prisons), as well as through an examination of reported judicial review decisions and Department of Corrective Services statistics. The results demonstrate that although the legislation and procedures suggest that a best practice system of prisoner rehabilitation exists in Queensland, there is a significant gulf between policy and practice. Far from being sufficiently prepared for release, Queensland prisoners are generally released directly from high security facilities into a community which they have great difficulty reintegrating into. The results suggest that the corrective services system in Queensland is not succeeding in fulfilling its primary purpose, 'correction', or in meeting its well-publicised goal of ensuring community safety.
Keyword Prisoner rehabilitation
Queensland
Corrective services system
Community corrections
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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