Can a therapeutic jurisprudence approach improve Australian parole systems?

Guest blogger Max Henshaw writes... Nearly half (46%) of adults released from prison in Australia will return within two years. Coupled with growing, and disproportionate, prisoner numbers, Australia is failing to reduce recidivism and facilitate desistance from crime. This situation serves to entrench an already deeply engrained criminal underclass that is debilitated by severe economic … Continue reading Can a therapeutic jurisprudence approach improve Australian parole systems?

Steps towards change – a tool for judges working with persons with substance abuse disorders (TJ Court Craft Series #12)

Guest blogger Magistrate Pauline Spencer writes.... Judicial officers seeing people with substance abuse disorder will often see people who are feeling overwhelmed. By the time they end up in court they often are experiencing poor physical and mental health and their practical reality is stressful and chaotic. Often people don't know where they are heading … Continue reading Steps towards change – a tool for judges working with persons with substance abuse disorders (TJ Court Craft Series #12)

New book: Offender release and supervision…

Edited by Martine Herzog-Evans this book explores the role of the courts and the use of discretion in offender release and supervision. In some jurisdictions, early release is automatic at a certain point in time; in others, it is discretionarily decided by a court or an executive authority; others still have a mixed system and, … Continue reading New book: Offender release and supervision…