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NCJ Number: 119110 Find in a Library
Title: Programmes for Koorie Prisoners: Past, Present, and Future (From Current Australian Trends in Corrections, P 31-37, 1988, David Biles, ed. -- See NCJ-119105)
Author(s): C Barry
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Federation Press (Distributed by Gaunt)
Annandale, NSW 2038, Australia
Sale Source: Federation Press (Distributed by Gaunt)
71 Johnson Street
P.O. Box 45
Annandale, NSW 2038,
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The correctional system in Victoria, Australia has gradually expanded the programs specifically designed for Koories, the aboriginal people, and a recently formed Aboriginal Task Force has proposed the development and monitoring of further programs.
Abstract: Koories are imprisoned about nine times as often as non-Aboriginal Victorians. Koorie prisoners are mainly male, young, single, unemployed, and poorly educated. They have typically first come into contact with the criminal justice system at an early age and tend to have had more prior terms of imprisonment than other prisoners. In 1983 a Koorie worker was appointed for the first time as the Aboriginal Welfare Officer. Efforts in community-based correction and in inmate programming are trying to reflect recognition of the Koories' family and community ties and of their differing concepts of time, place, responsibility, absences, and missed appointments. Prison reception staff are also required to ensure that Koorie prisoners receive particular attention to their special health, welfare, and psychological needs. The welfare officer sees all new Koorie prisoners within 48 hours of reception. Correctional staff are increasingly carrying out the recommendations of the welfare officer. Educational and cultural programs and efforts to strengthen links with the community are also improving. The special needs of Koorie women are also a focus of efforts. The recommendations of the recent task force include placing Koorie prisoners in prisons convenient for their visitors if possible, the establishment of group relaxation programs using Koorie music tapes and videos, and development of programs focusing on Koorie culture. Future needs include a government commitment to ongoing funding, further Koorie input into court decisions and staff training, and the employment of a Koorie health worker.
Main Term(s): Foreign inmate programs
Index Term(s): Aborigines; Australia; Inmate Education Assistance Programs; Inmate social programs
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