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Measuring juvenile recidivism in Australia

Technical and Background Paper no. 44

Kelly Richards
ISBN 978 1 921532 80 1 ISSN 1836-2052
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, May 2011


In the criminal justice sector, recidivism is often used as a measure of the performance of government agencies, such as correctional services and juvenile justice agencies.

This study is an important step towards having national data on juvenile recidivism that are both meaningful and comparable across Australia’s jurisdictions, and that would contribute towards the development of more effective juvenile justice interventions across Australia.