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Research report

A report of the Youth Justice Coalition NSW
25 Oct 2017

This research found that young people on the Suspect Targeting Management Plan (SMTP) experience inappropriate forms of over-policing, disproportionate to the future risks they are alleged to pose to society.


23 Oct 2017

This study sought to examine the prevalence of cognitive impairment in a representative sample of Indigenous offenders from Victorian prisons.

Research report

12 Oct 2017

This resource compares re-offending rates in NSW between those who received an intensive correction order (ICO) and those who received short prison sentence (less than two years).

Briefing paper

25 Sep 2017

This study examines the characteristics that impact on a young person receiving a caution as opposed to a charge from police and the impact this has on reoffending within a twelve month follow up period.

Research report

1 Aug 2017

Alexis – Family Violence Response (A-FVRM) is an integrated Victoria Police/Social Services response to recidivist family violence piloted in the Melbourne LGAs of Glen Eira, Bayside and Kingston. This evaluation report details the model and provides an analysis of the program data. A-FVRM is a...


7 Jun 2017

Rick Sarre and Lorana Bartels ask if there's a case for an overhaul of nationwide parole laws?

Discussion paper

Tasmanian Law Reform Institute Issues Paper No. 23
17 May 2017

This issues paper considers a new approach to the problem of repeat drink driving through the introduction of a specialist, problem-solving court.

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 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

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

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...