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The rehabilitation of offenders: international perspectives applied to Australian correctional systems

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 112

Kevin Howells and Andrew Day
ISBN 0 642 24101 5 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, May 1999


The rehabilitation of offenders is being seen as an important topic by correctional departments in Australia, following a period in the 1970s and 1980s when there was widespread disillusionment with the notion. This paper examines the reasons for the resurgence of interest in the field of offender rehabilitation, and describes the conclusions from several recent international reviews that suggest that rehabilitation programs can be effective in reducing recidivism.


Media release: Rehabilitation