A follow-up study using data linkage to examine juvenile offender health and justice outcomes

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Project Description

This study examines predictors of health and justice outcomes of young people who have been in contact with the criminal justice system using datalinkage. The study links baseline data collected from three health surveys of young offenders in NSW the 2003 and 2008 Young People in Custody Health Surveys (YPiCHS), and the 2006 Young People on Community Orders Health Survey (YPoCOHS) to a range of administrative health and justice datasets to examine offending, physical and mental health outcomes, contact with health services and mortality. The cohort consists of young people (1,403; 88% male) between 12-22 years at the time of the baseline surveys; over one-third identified as Indigenous. Findings of this study will lead to the development of targeted and effective interventions aimed at improving the health, wellbeing and justice outcomes of young people who come into contact with the criminal justice system. Specific focus will be on opportunities for post-release support and continuity of care, improving individual and environmental factors and criminal justice processes to interrupt offending trajectories, promote desistance and improving overall health and wellbeing.

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