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Community-based approaches to sexual offender reintegration

Project length
1.5 years

This project will examine two programs for high-risk sexual offenders exiting prison: South Australia's Circles of Support and Accountability program; and the Cultural Mentoring Program in Townsville, Queensland.

The qualitative research will involve interviews with offenders supported through the programs, program staff/Elders, volunteers, victims/survivors and service providers.

This project will examine the operation of these two programs against the evidence base about reintegrating sexual offenders and reducing the risk of sexual recidivism. It will support the two programs to build ongoing evaluation into their operations. More broadly, the research will add to the evidence base about whether or how reintegration programs can work with other risk and offender management strategies.


Project Lead

Associate Professor Kelly Richards, Queensland University of Technology

Research expertise

Associate Professor Kieran McCartan, University of the West of England

Dr Jodi Death, Queensland University of Technology

Research partners

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative, Cultural Mentoring Program

Ms Carol Ronkin, Bravehearts Foundation

Mr Leigh Garrett, Offenders Aid and Rehabilitation Service of South Australia

Senior representative, Queensland Corrective Services



Funded by Commonwealth Department of Social Services.

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