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Making Justice Work in the Northern Territory Priscilla Collins



Making Justice Work in the Northern Territory Priscilla Collins

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Tabled Papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




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Community work parties (subject to appropriate security clearances) should also be a priority tor people sentenced to jail. 5. We should work with offenders and set them up to succeed, not fail The Northern Territory has the highest re-offending rates in Australia. More must be done to stop the revolving door. This requires working intensively with prisoners to promote rehabilitation and reintegration. Support and services should be provided from the time a person is taken into prison and continue past their release to support their return to the community. Examples include: Culturally relevant and accessible alcohol and drug counselling, psychological and psychiatric counselling, anger management and family violence counselling services; Increasing resources for prison support and Throughcare projects, which provide intensive pre and post release case management; Community-driven initiatives, like the Strong Bala mens program in Katherine to support offenders when they leave prison; and Reducing the caseload and shifting the focus of the role of Community Corrections officers, so that they can work with people who are released on parole and under supervision to support their re integration, rather than having only a policing/compliance role. Members (f\CAALAS Northern Territory kqnl Aid Commission North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service is i .\KK-\ki-\N-mo:. < I \M AMSANT Criminal Lawyers Association of the NT AAAIV \ k>ki:< l EGA! SERVICE NT Council of Churches Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programmes Unit ANTaR V* wm.mwI ckvYk NTCOSS Aj sties Central Australian Youth Justice Cent Northern Territory Council of Social Service /sn <) NOHTHFRM TFRRl IOHY MENTAL HEALTH COALITION Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services FORWAARD Aboriginal Corporation Top End Womens Legal Service COTA NTNT Bar Association Priscilla Collins 61 Smith Street Darwin NT 0800 08 8982 5100 0427 045 665 priscilla.collins@naaja.org.au mailto:priscilla.collins@naaja.org.au