Challenges of Reentry for Aboriginal Prisoners

Professor Mark Halsey1, Associate Professor David Bright2, Ms Jenna Mizzi3

1Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia,

2Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia,

3Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

This paper draws on data from stage 1 of the Reducing Aboriginal Imprisonment Project. Specifically, it uses reentry and reincarceration data as well as knowledge generated through prison-based focus groups to highlight some of the key challenges faced by Aboriginal prisoners returning to metropolitan, rural and remote areas of South Australia and the Northern Territory. The broader dimensions of the project are briefly relayed as are emerging implications for correctional policy and practice.


Mark Halsey is a Professor of Criminology in the Centre for Crime Policy and Research, Flinders University, and is Co-Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. He holds two ARC Discovery Grants: one examines the role of firearms in criminal life, and the other explores the challenges of reintegration for a group of Aboriginal prisoners in South Australia and the Northern Territory. His forthcoming book Generations Through Prison: Lived Experiences of Intergenerational Incarceration (co-authored with Melissa de Vel-Palumbo), will be published by Routledge in 2020.

Associate Professor David Bright is a criminologist and forensic psychologist with the Centre for Crime Policy and Research at Flinders University.  His research interests include criminal networks, organised crime, and terrorist networks.

Jenna Mizzi is a PhD candidate for the Reducing Aboriginal Imprisonment project, and is based in the Centre for Crime Policy and Research at Flinders University.

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