The Resource Road to return, (videorecording)

Road to return, (videorecording)

Road to return
Road to return
"Who's tough on crime? It's an election season ritual: the law and order auction to see which party will put more cops on the streets or increase sentences or build more jails. As the stakes are raised in the law and order debate, billions of dollars are fed each year into a nationwide prison boom that's seen the captive population nearly double in a decade. But could there be a relatively cheap and cost-effective way to stop prisoners reoffending? Most of the nation's 25,000 inmates are illiterate or have drug and alcohol addictions; close to a third have a mental illness or a physical or intellectual disability. Some carry a cocktail of these problems. Typically, they leave jail with a few hundred dollars and far fewer living skills. For many, release is more like a revolving door, freedom tantalising but short-lived. Crucially, they lack an assurance of consistent help in finding accommodation, work and stability. In NSW, for example, nearly half will be back in prison or under community supervision orders within two years. In most states only about one per cent - or even less - of the corrections budget is spent on post release programs to integrate prisoners back into the community. It's the back end of the corrections production line, a forgotten corner of the law and order debate. "It's like war, you can't do it on your own," says Bobby, 22, who has recently done a year for assault. Robert, a 53-year-old veteran of the system, laments: "The answer is I need help and the reality is there is none available." Four Corners tracks Bobby and Robert and a third offender, Scott, as they leave jail and confront the uncertainties of freedom; dealing with remote bureaucracies, wary employers and the temptations of drugs, old mates and easy money. With minimal assistance after release, each struggles. Bobby turns to the Salvos. Scott pleads for a public housing unit. Robert battles ill-health and hunts for work but he feels the pull of jail like a magnet: "I'm respected in jail. Out here I'm a piece of shit. Isn't that amazing? You walk into jail, the screws all know you and they know you're a good worker and don't run amok, and they want you. So you're wanted in jail. They want you back. Simple as that and so the system is geared for you to go back because if it wasn't there'd be procedures put in place to stop me going back." Reporter Matthew Carney finds shards of hope in this story. Victoria has been beefing up post-release programs and is seeing a dividend: a fall in recidivism rates. Victorian officials also boast less stress on the community, a smaller corrections bill for taxpayers and a better flowing court system. Are policy-makers in other jurisdictions missing an investment opportunity? This report asks if offenders who have served their punishment should be supported to restart their lives, and if that might make the public feel safer as well."--website
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Producer: Matthew Carney
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Reporter: Matthew Carney
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Four corners (Television program)
live action
Road to return, (videorecording)
Off-air recording of ABC-TV broadcast March 5, 2007. Copied under Part VA of the Copyright Act
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4 3/4 in
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  • (OCoLC)225571016
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