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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Clean slate without prejudice

 

Overview

The Clean slate without prejudice program commenced in Redfern, New South Wales, in June 2009. The program was initiated by the Superintendent of the Redfern Police Force in collaboration with local Aboriginal leaders and organisations, such as the Babana Aboriginal Men's Group and Centrelink, and targets Indigenous youth 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.

The program encompasses a range of strategies including early intervention, developmental crime prevention, positive relationships, support networking and behavioural workshops. An Aboriginal mentor brings the participants to boxing training three days a week and helps them find accommodation, employment, and education or training if necessary. Boxing training is conducted early in the morning which helps to provide participants with the discipline needed for later employment. 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 working with judiciary to have the program form part of a suspended sentence. Crime rates relating to robbery offences have dropped in Redfern since the inception of the program in 2009.

Abstract adapted from The Punch and New South Wales Police Department

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

Related publications

Judicial Officers Bulletin (2011)

Mentoring Indigenous young people: the Tribal Warrior program.

Judicial Officers Bulletin; 23(1): 5-6

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Last updated: 31 January 2014
 
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