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ANNUAL REPORT 2012 PAROLE BOARD OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY | ANNUAL REPORT 2012 33 Development of Aboriginal Language Resources This project has emerged as a result of feedback from key stakeholders, internal and external, expressing concern about the level of understanding of community based orders, their conditions and the role of the parole officer. The 2011 Parole Board Annual Report identified that 89% of breaches of parole resulting in reimprisonment were the result of breaching conditions. In March 2012 Community Corrections called for quotes to conduct consultation sessions and market research to determine: The types of tools that would be useful; and Provide a plan for the development of resources. Consultations were undertaken during May and June 2012, target groups for the consultation included: low security offenders in the three correctional centres; government and non-government staff working with offenders, particularly indigenous organisations; legal organisations; and community corrections staff. The final report was received in July 2012 and evidence gathered supported the initial concerns about lack of understanding of community based orders amongst aboriginal offenders their families and communities. The report made a total of thirteen recommendations over seven broad areas, these were: Improve the understanding of the orders Increase the use and availability of interpreters Employ the right tools for the task Empower stakeholders as partners and educators Improve access to information for offenders Work with communities to support offenders Empower staff to improve awareness Planning for the second phase of this project has commenced and procurement for development of resources based upon the recommendations of the report is scheduled for early 2013.
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