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De Winter, C 2013 , 'Accommodation options for released prisoners with complex needs', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The issue of homelessness or inappropriate housing of people with complex needs is a
serious problem for individuals who have found themselves frequently in the criminal
justice system. Complex needs and challenging behaviours exhibited by those with
mental illness, intellectual disability and or acquired brain injury combined with for
example, family dysfunction, homelessness, poverty, and drug and alcohol misuse of a
cocktail of issues that have been difficult to treat let alone support. Incarceration has
been the alternative for the judiciary with the intention of protecting the individual
offender as well as the community. However it is argued that proper support in the
community may avert the need to seek incarceration as the only option for 'released
prisoners' with complex needs.
This thesis seeks to contribute to the understanding of what it means to be a person with
complex needs and the effect of a short term sentence on the ability to seek stable
accommodation once released from prison. It draws on the extensive literature in the
field for example, with regard to people with disabilities in the criminal justice system
and the housing experiences of ex-prisoners in general and those with complex needs.
Through a number of in depth discussions with stakeholders from both state
government and non-government representative agencies, a critical analysis was
undertaken of the available accommodation options for this cohort in Tasmania. From
these discussions it is evident that, current services either must embrace the needs of
this cohort or a new dedicated service should be developed. However, the new Whole
of Government and Community Sector housing initiative 'Housing Connect',
commencing 1 July 2013, may offer the required support for this group of people with
complex needs.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:De Winter, C
Keywords: Ex-convicts, Criminals
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Copyright 2013 the author

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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MCrimCorr)--University of Tasmania, 2013. Includes bibliographical references

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