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Adult Prison Work Camps: Achieving Rehabilitation Outcomes in Partnership with the Community

Csaba, Kathy
June 4, 2015

Source: (2000) Paper presented at the Reducing Criminality: Partnerships and Best Practice conference. Perth, 31 July – 1 August 2000. Canberra, Australia: Australian Institute of Criminology.

Focusing on a program in Western Australia, the author examines the rehabilitative potential of work camps for select prisoners. This kind of camp, distinct from military style boot camps or “shock incarceration” camps, emphasizes leadership, restorative justice, and work skills. This paper covers program objectives, partnerships with community organizations in the program, and outcomes from the program, particularly restorative outcomes. The author also notes that serious, long term evaluation of the program is beginning. She believes that qualitative data, as well as quantitative data, must be taken into account in evaluation.


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