Criminal Justice Contact - What You Need to Know
This section looks at clients who have come in contact with the criminal justice system. The main points are that:
People may come into contact with your service at a number of points in the criminal justice system, such as for bail conditions or on exiting prison. Many are from disadvantaged backgrounds, and a disproportionate number are of Aboriginal background.
There have been shown to be strong connections between offending behaviour of people in contact with the criminal justice system and drugs/alcohol, mental health and cognitive impairment.
People who have been in prison often find the transition to treatment very difficult, and are often misunderstood by workers. But there are simple steps your service can take to be more aware.