A new way of approaching criminal probation and parole in Queensland has shown it can reduce re-offending rates by over a quarter (28%).
The pilot model, developed by Griffith University’s criminologist Dr Lacey Schaefer, steers away from the current “generic supervision” that most convicted criminals go through with their probation or parole officer.
Instead, Dr Schaefer’s model involves changing the routines of those on parole or probation so that they’re less likely to come into contact with “crime opportunities”.
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“The model is a shift away from risk control and toward risk reduction,” said Dr Schaefer. The model was able to reduce reoffending rates by 28 per cent.
After the success of this pilot model, Dr Schaefer will be working with Queensland Corrective Services to look at current systems and make recommendations that will help improve the state’s probation and parole programs.