Staying strong on the outside: improving the post-release experience of Indigenous young adults


The rate of imprisonment of Indigenous people in Australia and New Zealand continues to be unacceptably high. Indigenous people are more likely to return to prison than are non-Indigenous people. This research brief draws on international research to identify current understandings of good practice in prisoner re-entry generally. It also considers research from Canada, New Zealand and Australia that addresses issues particular to Indigenous prisoner re-entry. After defining some key terms, the paper looks at internationally accepted understandings of ‘what works’ in offender rehabilitation, and considers how these ideas can translate to the situation of Indigenous young adult offenders. Finally, it reports on research into good practice in re-entry programs.

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