Source: (1999) Paper presented at the 3rd National Outlook Symposium on Crime in Australia. Melbourne, 22-23 March 1999. Canberra, Australia: Australian Institute of Criminology.

Richards and Storr in this paper describe developments in corrections philosophy and practice in recent years in Tasmania. After sketching the colonial history of Australia as originally a penal colony, with a range of punishments, they point to the fact that in the present era imprisonment is the sanction of last and ultimate resort. At the same time, alternatives to imprisonment have been explored and instituted. Additionally, in the last decade or two the style of offender management has been changing to achieve more of a cooperative environment in correctional institutions. The authors describe significant developments in the approach to corrections, including partnerships with external agencies and organizations. The also discuss the implications of restorative justice for correctional services.

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