This unit will provide students with an understanding of the range of alternative justice systems that operate within the community context and the important role they play. These include Community Justice centres, Diversion programs, Koori Courts, Drugs Court and mediation programs. The aim is to consider firstly how these approaches have a range of impacts that may include lowering recidivism rates, engaging community involvement and secondly how community and justice workers can use such practices to support offenders so that they are empowered through the process. There is a growing number of diversion and community justice programs within Corrections and in the Community; this unit considers the opportunities and limitations of the diversion strategies in diverse societies.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify a range of strategies that may mitigate criminal justice sentencing  
  2. Evaluate the impact of alternative justice strategies  
  3. Explore the benefits of criminal justice diversion programs particularly as an intervention with young adults.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Case Study of an alternative justice program (800 words) 30%
Essay Analyse the benefits of alternative community justice strategies (2,000 words) 40%
Test Multiple Choice 30%

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