The Australian Government has provided funding to evaluate the effectiveness of Indigenous law and justice programs across five subject areas to identify the best approaches to tackling crime and justice issues and better inform government funding decisions in the future. This report presents the findings of subject area "C", 'Diversion programs'. It examined the impact of four programs designed to divert Indigenous people from entering the justice system. The four programs sit at different points along a continuum, ranging from prevention (addressing known risk factors for offending behaviour), early intervention (with identified at-risk young people), diversion (diverting from court process - usually for first or second time offenders), and tertiary intervention (treatment to prevent recidivism). The programs evaluated were: Aboriginal Power Cup, a sports-based prevention program in South Australia; Tiwi Islands Youth Development and Diversion Unit, an early intervention and diversion program that engages Tiwi youth who are at-risk of entering the criminal justice system in prevention activities; Woorabinda Early Intervention Panel Coordination Service, an assessment and referral program for early intervention and diversion, in Queensland; and Aggression Replacement Training, a group cognitive-behavioural program for youth assessed as at risk of offending or re-offending, also in Queensland.
At head of title: Australian Institute of Criminology.
Authors: Jacqueline Stewart, Bodean Hedwards, Kelly Richards, Matthew Willis and Daryl Higgins.
"The Australian Institute of Criminology, in partnership with the Australian Institute of Family Studies, was awarded the tender to evaluate four youth-focused programs ..."--P. 14.
Published on the Attorney-General's Department website May 2014.
Commissioned by the Attorney-General's Department as part of the "Evaluations of Indigenous justice programs" under the National indigenous Law and Justice Framework.
Includes bibliographical references.
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Commissioned by the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department
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