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Louise

Louise Kelly

Year of Award: 2016 Award State: South Australia Legal > Penal And Parole
To research initiatives for reducing recidivism of (ex)offenders through supported reintegration and rehabilitation - Singapore, Scotland, Canada, USA

Recommendations:

  1. Develop ‘Yellow Ribbon Project’ style approach to: Educate and engage the community, Provide additional & coordinated support to offenders and their families. Such a program could result in improved reintegration outcomes, reduce stigma and increase community acceptance.
  2. Consider the value of implementing a survey similar to the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) Prisoner Survey to gather data, make informed decisions, and inform program ad service design and delivery.
  3. Promote and implement access to 24-hour services, enabling access and support at crucial times (homelessness), and stages of contemplation (addiction). Face-to-face services – not just phone services. This will also help reduce Hospital Emergency Department presentations.
  4. Ensure that when programs are developed in Australia, they are adapted to account for the different and varied needs of women and Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander prisoners / offenders
  5. Ensure social programs are effectively integrated and legitimised as part of the core activities within prisons. Such programs need to adopt holistic throughcare approaches, enabling further development / continuation in the community.
  6. Develop and pilot a Citizenship Project, adapted for South Australia, to support reintegration and community engagement
  7. Explore alternative funding opportunities. Engage and educate philanthropists regarding the barriers and challenges facing the formerly incarcerated on their reentry / reintegration to society.
  8. Further education opportunities in relation to reintegration processes and barriers, for legal professionals / students
  9. Review and adapt / modify the labeling language used, in consultation with those with lived-experience, to enhance reintegration processes and reduce stigma.
  10. Establish lived-experience reference groups, and provide appropriate engagement and training opportunities to those who wish to engage in peer mentoring/support type roles
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