Strategies to enhance employment of Indigenous ex-offenders after release from correctional institutions


For Indigenous and non-Indigenous ex-prisoners alike, there are numerous benefits associated with employment, including reduced likelihood of reoffending and reimprisonment. This resource sheet discusses the issues surrounding employment of Indigenous ex-prisoners, existing support programs, and strategies to employ more ex-prisoners after their release from correctional institutions. It outlines what works, what doesn’t, and what further research is needed. Sections include: prevalence of Indigenous offending; origins of disadvantage for Indigenous offenders; employment disadvantage; current employment assistance programs; federal government programs; state and territory-funded employment programs; industry-funded employment programs; issues affecting success; a holistic approach to employment assistance; strategies to promote sustainable employment for Indigenous ex-prisoners; and facilitators and barriers (Introduction, edited).

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