Source: (2009) Current Issues in Criminal Justice. 21(1): 148-153.

When does rehabilitation and then restoration start in the process of punishment and incarceration? Could the judicial system be used as a catalyst to trigger rehabilitation? Could the correctional facility itself be used as a restorative tool? And can the community itself be prepared for its role in re-integrating prisoners into society? The Australian Capital Territory has just commissioned its first prison, the Alexander Maconochie Centre; its operating philosophy developed around the principles of the ACT's Human Rights Act. ACT Minister for Corrections, John Hargreaves MLA, discusses the role of the prison in what he calls the 'continuum of restorative justice'. (Authors abstract)