Post-prison programs for Indigenous Sex Offenders

RB/CIP Number: 27
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Dr Kelly Richards

High levels of sexual violence are evidence in some Indigenous communities in Australia (Cripps & McGlade, 2008; O’Brien, 2010; Smallbone, Rayment-McHugh & Smith, 2013) and other colonised nations such as the USA and Canada (Ellerby & MacPherson, 2002; Stewart, Hamilton, Wilton, Cousineau & Varrette, 2014). As a large majority of those incarcerated in relation to sexual offending will ultimately be released back into the community, it is vital to consider supports available to foster successful reintegration. However, very little has been documented about the reintegration support needs of Indigenous sex offenders.

The Brief begins to address this gap by assessing the existing evidence about programs that aim to foster the reintegration of Indigenous sex offenders based on available material primarily from Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It is divided into three main parts: the reintegration needs of Indigenous sex offenders; evidence on programs that aim to support the reintegration of Indigenous sex offenders; and finally, principles that should inform programs and other measures for this group.