Targeting crime prevention: Identifying communities that generate chronic and costly offenders


The report looks at the group of offenders that cause the most costs to the community. Chronic offenders, predominantly those early onset or adolescent onset offenders, are a small proportion of offenders but are responsible for the major proportion of offences and costs. The report identifies that indigenous offenders make up one third of chronic offenders. This could be a factor causing indigenous over representation in the criminal justice system. The research identifies that early development programs may be of use, especially programs targeting individuals, the family and the individual’s ecological environment.

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