Diversion from the Criminal Justice System is the preferred outcome for young offenders. However, departure from traditional punishment is often unpopular with the public who have the ability to influence political agendas and funding. ‘Opinion’ data is usually collected from an ill-informed public who are subsequently labelled as punitive. To examine support for the Children’s Court Drug Court a mixed methods approach was utilised to survey public opinion (n=304) or interview (n=60) participants. The findings indicate with accurate information, the study participants from the public were supportive of the CCDC option, and less concerned with punitive, ‘tough on crime’ approaches.
ECU – Industry Collaboration Grant
January 2015 - December 2016
In collaboration with Magistrate Horrigan, Judge Reynolds and the Children’s Court of Western Australia
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