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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Clean slate without prejudice program in Redfern a success

A boxing program called Clean slate without prejudice has seen good results since it began in Redfern, New South Wales, in June 2009. Initiated by the Superintendent of the Redfern police force, Luke Freudenstein, in collaboration with local Aboriginal leaders, the program targets Indigenous youths at risk of offending. This includes those who have committed a crime but have not yet been sentenced, those incarcerated in Juvenile Justice Centres, and young offenders who have been released back into the community.

An Aboriginal mentor brings participants to boxing training three days a week and helps them find accommodation, employment, and training. Participation in the program is voluntary and youth can stay on the program as long as they want. The Redfern police force are also involved, training alongside the youths and by working with judiciary to have the program form part of a suspended sentence.

Of the ten young offenders initially selected to participate in the Clean slate program, none have committed any further offences. Although the initial drop in robbery offences by Indigenous youths in the 2008-2009 period was deemed random, crime rates in Redfern through 2010-2011 continued to stay low. Rates of recifivism among Indigenous offenders have also declined.

Contacts

Babana Aboriginal Men's Group Inc.
72 Renwick St
PO Box 3292
Redfern NSW 2016
Ph: (02) 8068 2113

Redfern Local Area Command
Central Metro Region
1 Lawson Street
Redfern NSW 2016
Ph: (02) 8303 5199
Fax: (02) 8303 5333

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Last updated: 25 January 2012
 
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