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The Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Program.

Barry, Carmel
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) Paper presented at the Best Practice Interventions in Corrections for Indigenous People Conference convened by the Australian Institute of Criminology in conjunction with Department for Correctional Services SA and held in Adelaide, 13-15 October.

Barry explains the creation of the Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Program by the Public Correction Enterprise. The purpose of the program is to build cultural awareness and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander prisoners. The desired benefit is a changed behavior and lower recidivism. The program includes community elders who teach the prisoners and show them respect as individuals. Families of prisoners are also included. In this way, the program seeks to reintegrate the prisoners into community and family groups with new skills of problem solving and conflict management.


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