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.
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
- 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