Research report

25 Oct 2017

The New South Wales Police Force Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP) seeks to prevent future offending by targeting repeat offenders and people police believe are likely to commit future crime. The STMP is both a police intelligence tool that uses risk assessment to ‘predict’ suspects...


23 Oct 2017

Early estimates point to higher rates of cognitive impairment among Indigenous Australians in custody compared to non-Indigenous Australians. This study sought to examine the prevalence of cognitive impairment in a representative sample of Indigenous offenders from Victorian prisons. Differences in mental illness prevalence, offending history...

Research report

12 Oct 2017

Aim : To compare reoffending rates between those who received an intensive correction order (ICO) and those who received short prison sentence (less than two years).

Method : Offenders’ demographic characteristics, index offence characteristics, prior convictions and penalties, LSI-R score and re-offences...

Briefing paper

25 Sep 2017

Previous research into youth diversionary practices has shown that diverting young people away from the formal court system leads to a positive impact on youth reoffending behaviour. A number of studies have examined the impact of police cautions or youth conferences compared to formal court...


7 Jun 2017

Sadly, another horrific episode under the banner of Islamist extremism is front-page news. This time the perpetrator was a 29-year-old Somali-born Victorian man, Yacqub Khayre, described as a “weakling, deserter and a jihadi of convenience”.

On Monday, armed with a sawn-off shotgun and having...

Discussion paper

17 May 2017

This Issues Paper considers options for reform that may improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice response to drink drivers in Tasmania, by exploring sentencing options that are more likely to influence offenders’ perceptions of risks represented by their behaviour, and bring about lasting attitudinal...

Briefing paper

10 Feb 2017

Recidivism is not a topic that has traditionally been associated with the world of high finance. Yet, in recent times, recidivism and other intractable social challenges have become the subject of Social Impact Bonds (SIBs); a novel form of investment that makes use of private...

Research report

9 Dec 2016

This study examined recidivism in an Australian correctional population. Three different groups of offenders were identified from their recidivism profiles: low-risk or slow recidivists, moderate-risk or delayed recidivists, and high-risk or rapid recidivists. Slow recidivists were more likely to be younger Indigenous men, with a...

Research report

7 Dec 2016

This report seeks to provide a 10-year update of what it could mean for New Zealand’s criminal justice system to look Beyond the Prison Gate . It is released on the cusp of 2017, a year of particular significance because it marks the deadline for...

Research report

12 Oct 2016


Aims: To determine: (1) the long-term risk that someone charged with a violent offence will commit another violent offence (2) what factors influence the likelihood of desistance and the length of time to the next violent offence for those who do...

Research report

20 Sep 2016

The Family Group Conference (FGC) process seeks to hold children and young people accountable for their offending, while also encouraging them to change their behaviour and not reoffend. FGCs are the cornerstone of the youth justice system in New Zealand. However, there is a lack...

Research report

20 Sep 2016

This report describes changes in the reoffending outcomes observed for 1,272 cases (involving 973 distinct young people) that resulted in one of three types of supervision orders in the Youth Court: ‘stand-alone’ Supervision (SUP), Supervision with Activity (SwA) or Supervision with Residence (SwR). The supervision-type...

Research report

20 Sep 2016

This report describes changes in the offending outcomes observed for 79 young people who between October 2010 and December 2013 graduated from 11 Military-style Activity Camps (MACs) held at Te Puna Wai ō Tuhinapo youth justice residence in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The MAC programme...

Research report

15 Sep 2016

Children who offend are a group who are under-researched in New Zealand. This research report aims to fill some key information gaps around the profile of child offenders in New Zealand and their patterns of offending and reoffending.

The findings from this research will...

Research report

30 Aug 2016

Aim: To determine whether recidivism was associated with parole release authority; and to determine whether re-offending was also related to being under supervision or not.

Method: Time to first proven re-offence was examined for 1,644 matched offenders who served between 18 and...

Research report

23 Aug 2016

People who breach family violence intervention orders are more likely to reoffend than the general criminal population, finds this study.

The study reveals that:

the two most common types of reoffending were further breach of an intervention order (24% of offenders reoffended with...

Research report

18 Aug 2016

Aim: To investigate whether completing the Custody-based Intensive Treatment (CUBIT) program for moderate to high risk/needs sex offenders reduces re-offending.

Method: The study sample includes 386 male offenders identified by custodial staff as suitable for participation in CUBIT who were released from...

Research report

10 Aug 2016

Aim: To investigate whether referral to the Intensive Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program (IDATP) reduces re‑offending and/or returns to custody.

Method: The study sample included 1,285 offenders who were released from NSW custody on or after 1 January 2013, all of whom...


15 Jul 2016

The $3.8 billion expansion of the New South Wales prison estate by 7000 beds represents a manifest and very expensive failure of public policy.

There are three reasons why this is so. First, the lack of evidence to support the expansion; second, because prisons...

Audio interview

Audio program

12 Jul 2016

The New South Wales Government has committed to a 5% cut in reoffending rates by 2019, and is turning to one of the big four banks to help it do that. It's using what's known as a 'social impact investment.' The National Australia Bank will...