Strategies to enhance employment of Indigenous ex-offenders after release from correctional institutions

Strategies to enhance employment of Indigenous ex-offenders after release from correctional institutions Report

Resource Sheet

  • Author(s): Joseph Graffam, Alison Shinkfield
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare & Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Volume: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Abstract: Employment is an important element of successful integration within one’s community. Across Australia, nearly two-thirds of prisoners were unemployed when they committed the crimes for which they were incarcerated. For Indigenous and non-Indigenous ex-prisoners alike, there are numerous benefits associated with employment. They include benefits related to the individual (for example, increased earning capacity, improved prospects for sustained employment, increased social contact, improved self-esteem and confidence, improved financial conditions, and less idle time) and to their family (for example, greater self-sufficiency, better lifestyle, provision of financial assistance to family networks), as well as wider system benefits, including reduced likelihood of reoffending and reimprisonment. This resource sheet discusses the issues surrounding employment of Indigenous ex-prisoners, existing support programs, and strategies to employ more ex-prisoners after their release from correctional institutions. To be effective, programs and strategies need to acknowledge the social and cultural origins of disadvantage for Indigenous offenders. We give an overview of what works in overcoming Indigenous disadvantage and focus on regional and urban programs that help Indigenous offenders gain employment.

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Joseph Graffam, Alison Shinkfield, 2012, Strategies to enhance employment of Indigenous ex-offenders after release from correctional institutions, Volume:Closing the Gap Clearinghouse, Report, viewed 19 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3442.

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