This program is focused on theoretical and policy-oriented research on prisons and community corrections, other forms of detention and sanction, punishment policy, sentencing and justice reinvestment. Its researchers seek to understand how, when and why contemporary states define and sanction offending behaviour, and the impact of those sanctions on individuals, families, communities, governments and societies. The program builds on strong links with local and national stakeholders, and aims to (a) develop an internationally significant research hub to link industry partners with leading researchers at Griffith and elsewhere; and (b) to develop collaborative and comparative research projects to identify best practices and reforms.
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.
Theme Leader of Corrections and Sentencing: Associate Professor John Rynne
Signature Theme Projects:
- Identifying novel, health-related predictors of recidivism: Informing evidence-based throughcare
- Improving the health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous ex-prisoners: A multi-jurisdictional, mixed-methods study
- Griffith Youth Forensic Service
- Monitoring and improving the health and justice-involved populations: A public health approach
- Pathways to punishment: Exploring the sentencing of women and girls in two Australian jurisdictions
- The Quality of Prisons for Indigenous Persons in Custody: Determining How Prison Impacts on Culture, Community Life and Recidivism?
- The Vulnerable Families Project: A Study of paternal incarceration and family wellbeing