Understanding punishments and their impacts
This research theme focuses on theoretical and policy-oriented research on prisons and community corrections, other forms of detention and sanction, punishment policy, sentencing and justice reinvestment. Our researchers seek to understand how, when and why states define and sanction offending behaviour, and the impact of those sanctions on individuals, families, communities, governments and societies.
Of note, our current work with probation and parole identifies and implements evidence-based best practices in offender supervision and case management. Recent projects include trials of an opportunity-reduction model of probation and parole, community-corrections collaborations, training of community corrections officers in leading offender interventions, and assisting in the reform of Queensland's parole system. This research has contributed to reduced recidivism rates, improved staff morale and offender satisfaction, and enhanced community safety.
This theme builds on strong links with local and national stakeholders, and aims to develop an internationally significant research hub to link industry partners with leading researchers at Griffith and elsewhere. It also aims to develop collaborative and comparative research projects to identify best practices and reforms.
A case study analysis of the 2012 USADA investigation of Lance Armstrong: the role of Social Network Analysis in identifying doping networks and activities
Improving the health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous ex-prisoners: A multi-jurisdictional, mixed-methods study
Identifying novel, health-related predictors of recidivism: Informing evidence-based throughcare
Monitoring and improving the health and justice-involved populations: A public health approach
The Quality of Prisons for Indigenous Persons in Custody: Determining How Prison Impacts on Culture, Community Life and Recidivism?
|The sociology of punishment and sentencing practices|
|Sentencing and discretion in criminal justice, social inequality and justice (Indigeneity, race/ethnicity, gender)|
|Sentencing, historical responses to sexual offending, policing and prosecution|
|Prison and prison quality, private prisons and prison reform|
|Penology, probation and parole, correctional interventions, offender rehabilitation recidivism and desistance.|
|Gender, crime and justice, prisons and penalty|
|Prisons and punishment, restorative justice|
|April Chrzanowski||Delay, remand and the youth justice system: Using simulation modelling for policy analysis|
|Suzuki Masahiro||Examining the interactional dynamics of youth justice conferencing: The importance and role of participants’ readiness on conference outcomes|
|Natalie Thomas||The politics of government/non-government partnerships in the Australian drug policy field|
|Holly Smallbone||Negotiating absence and presence: a longitudinal study examining children’s wellbeing through parental imprisonment and re-entry|
|Corrie Williams||The role of social support and coercion in differential child behavior|