The Assessment and Referral Court List program in the Magistrates Court of Victoria: An Australian study of recidivism

Chesser, B and Smith, K 2016, 'The Assessment and Referral Court List program in the Magistrates Court of Victoria: An Australian study of recidivism', International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, vol. 45, pp. 141-151.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title The Assessment and Referral Court List program in the Magistrates Court of Victoria: An Australian study of recidivism
Author(s) Chesser, B
Smith, K
Year 2016
Journal name International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice
Volume number 45
Start page 141
End page 151
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Mental Health Court programs have been steadily increasing in number since the late 1990s. This paper described the Victorian model of diversion in the Assessment and Referral Court List within the Melbourne Magistrates' Court. The results of a two-year recidivism study suggest that successful completion of the list significantly reduced recidivism rates. Furthermore, this program is also effective at reducing the severity of offending behaviour post-program completion. Several factors that ought to inform the ongoing development of Mental Health Diversionary Courts in Australia are also discussed.
Subject Forensic Psychology
Criminal Law and Procedure
Keyword(s) Binary logistic
Diversion
Kaplan-Meier analysis
Mental health court
Recidivism
Regression analysis
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.ijlcj.2015.12.003
Copyright notice © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN 1756-0616
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