Harry Blagg, John Rynne, Hilde Tubex
This paper reflects on the findings of a research project on how to develop effective throughcare strategies for Indigenous offenders, starting from a community-led approach. A/Professor Tubex (UWA), A/Professor Rynne (Griffith) and Professor Blagg (UWA) conducted interviews with Indigenous men and women, with and without lived experience, Elders and other Respected People, and local service providers in regional and remote communities in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Interviews with 59 participants were transcribed and analysed with Nvivo. The findings were consulted on with Indigenous Peoples and resulted in recommendations for change. In our contribution we will present the findings of this research and reflect on methodological and ethical issues arising when doing research in this field. We will also discuss the challenges in working at the intersection between academia, government and the community.
Hilde Tubex is Associate Professor at the Law School of the University of Western Australia. She teaches an undergraduate course on ‘Crime, Justice and Public Policy’ at the University of Western Australia. Her areas of expertise are comparative criminology and penal policy, Indigenous peoples and the criminal justice system.