Dr Sarah Burns1
1Geo Group – Ravenhall Correctional Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Ravenhall Correctional Centre (a medium security male prison in Melbourne operated by GEO Group Australia Pty Ltd) opened in November 2017, and since beginning its operations has focussed on delivering a ground-breaking service delivery model focussing on the rehabilitation and reintegration of its prisoners. A component of Ravenhall’s innovative approach to reducing risk and reoffending has been the development and monitoring of a therapeutic, rehabilitative culture across the facility. This presentation will outline some highlights of the staff and prisoner’s collaborative efforts to promote rehabilitative culture at Ravenhall, as well as report on some preliminary findings of the quantitative measurement of prison culture at Ravenhall, as measured by the Essen Climate Evaluation Schema (EssenCES; Schalast & Tonkin, 2016). Hypotheses to be explored through this measurement will be; are there differences in perception of social climate across staff and prisoners, are there differences between custodial and non-custodial staff, are there particular working areas that appear to have more positive perceived social climate than others?
Dr Sarah Burns is the Research, Evaluation and Quality Assurance Coordinator for Ravenhall Correctional Centre, a 1,300 bed male medium security prison in Melbourne privately run by the GEO Group Australia. In this role she leads a small team of staff who monitor the clinical integrity of clinical and offender programs, as well as undertake topical research in offender rehabilitation and reintegration.
Sarah has also worked as a review officer for the Inspector of Custodial Services in WA, and as an academic as a teaching scholar in the field of quantitative research methodology. Her research interests include innovative practices in prisoner rehabilitation, adult and youth offending, human rights in prisons.