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Title: Impact of a Community-Controlled Adult Literacy Campaign on Crime and Justice Outcomes in Remote Australian Aboriginal Communities
Contributor(s): Beetson, Jack  (author); Anderson, Pat (author); Lin, Sophia (author); Williamson, Frances  (author); Amazan, Rose  (author); Boughton, Bob  (author)orcid ; Morrell, Stephen (author); Taylor, Richard (author); Schwartz, Melanie (author)
Publication Date: 2022-12-01
Early Online Version: 2022-05-15
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.5204/ijcjsd.2201
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Abstract: Using qualitative self-reported and observational evidence combined with a quantitative breakdown of linked administrative justice system data, this before-and-after study demonstrates the beneficial impacts of a First Nations community-controlled adult literacy campaign in six rural and remote communities in New South Wales, Australia. The most significant quantitative finding is a 50% reduction in reported serious offences in a sample of 162 campaign participants. Qualitative data from interviews found an increased use of legal assistance services following the campaign. These findings are contextualised through the lived experiences and perceptions of First Nations campaign staff and participants, community leaders and government and non-government agency personnel.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: ARC/LP160100257
Source of Publication: International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 11(1), p. 56-68
Publisher: Queensland University of Technology, Crime and Justice Research Centre
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 2202-8005
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 450204 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander technical, further, continuing and community education
450419 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social determinants of health
440204 Crime and social justice
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 210203 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literacy and numeracy outcomes
210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander determinants of health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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