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Congratulations to all the newly elected Executive Committee members and State/Territory representatives for 2020-2022!!!
We live in challenging times and so we should all support our colleagues as they take on the challenges they will face over the next two years.
We need a much sharper focus by governments on rehabilitation rather than on retribution and punishment and the newly elected will do a great job raising that flag for us!
2019 ROGS Report
The Report has been released by the Productivity Commission. The Commission has mentioned to ACEA that they would prefer a more standardised process to determine prisoner educational participation rates. Things like a single definition for participation and exclusion for their Report would be much appreciated. This request will be discussed at the next ACEA Executive meeting, as the current situation where we are using different methods to calculate the participation rates is not really satisfactory. In the USA with 50 States, almost all 50 use the same assessment tool to determine literacy levels of prisoners, so we should hopefully be able to organise something more professional. Of course, it will be a process, as each jurisdiction would need to agree to anything that ACEA recommends to address the issue.
Correctional Service Reviews
Over the last 4 months there were a number of correctional reviews either released (Queensland) announced (Victoria) or continued (WA).
There were two Indigenous reports released (Closing the Gap and AIC’s ‘Throughcare needs of Indigenous people leaving prison in Western Australia and the Northern Territory). With 28% of the Australian prisoner population being Indigenous and not showing any real signs of reducing in number, research in this area should be a priority for criminal justice systems across Australia.
ACEA supported Research
A Future Beyond the Wall: Summary.’ is released and associated articles using the data and information from the Project are being released by the researchers involved. Some of the FBTW articles and associated articles from researchers from the iconic Rand Corporations ‘Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education’ Report both seem to infer that, generally speaking, prisoners engaged in education have lower recidivism rates than prisoners who have not engaged but they may not be any more likely to secure post release employment. Interesting for us…..