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Title: Impact of the ‘Yes, I Can!’ adult literacy campaign on interactions with the criminal justice system
Contributor(s): Wise, Jenny  (author)orcid ; Harris, Bridget  (author); Nickson, Ray  (author); Boughton, Bob  (author)orcid ; Beetson, Jack  (author)
Publication Date: 2018-12-03
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Abstract: Low levels of literacy and education are often associated with negative interactions with and experiences of the criminal justice system. Low literacy also contributes to the over-representation of Indigenous Australians in the justice system. This paper examines service provider and criminal justice practitioner perspectives of the ‘Yes, I Can!’ adult literacy campaign. Interviews with 22 workers in regional New South Wales suggest that the majority believe the ‘Yes, I Can!’ program can potentially improve the type and frequency of interactions between Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system. Overwhelmingly, participants viewed increasing literacy levels as key in empowering Indigenous Australians and enhancing encounters with criminal justice service providers. Further study and evaluation, including interviewing participants of the ‘Yes, I Can!’ campaign and community Elders, is of utmost importance.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, p. 1-16
Publisher: Australian Institute of Criminology
Place of Publication: Canberra, Australia
ISSN: 0817-8542
Field of Research (FOR): 180102 Access to Justice
160504 Crime Policy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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Wise, Jenny, Nickson, Ray, Harris, Bridget, Bob, Boughton, & Jack, Beetson (2018) Improving Aboriginal adult literacy rates: What potential does the ‘Yes, I Can!’ Adult literacy campaign have for reducing offending and improving interactions with the criminal justice system in NSW Aboriginal communities? Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra, A.C.T.

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