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NCJ Number: 156411 Find in a Library
Title: Contamination Theory and Unpaid Community Work
Journal: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology  Volume:28  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1995)  Pages:163-177
Author(s): C Trotter
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Research Council
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Victoria Office of Corrections
South Melbourne, Australia
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Although community work has been available as a sentencing disposition in Australia for about 15 years, little is known about the relative impact of different community work placements on offenders.
Abstract: There is some evidence that, when offenders are placed at work sites with other offenders, they may be influenced by those offenders and in turn become more criminal. On the other hand, offenders who are placed at work sites where they either work on their own or with community residents may be influenced in a more prosocial direction. In considering the issue of community work, the current study indicates that offenders placed at work sites with other offenders are more likely to breach their orders in comparison to those placed at individual work sites. While those placed at group work sites are more likely to be high-risk offenders, differences remain significant even when risk levels are taken into account. Implications of the study findings for criminological theory and social policy are discussed. 26 references and 5 tables
Main Term(s): Foreign courts
Index Term(s): Australia; Community-based corrections (adult); Corrections in foreign countries; Crime in foreign countries; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign offenders; Work release
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