Focusing on a program in Western Australia, the author examines the rehabilitative potential of prison work camps for select prisoners. This kind of camp, distinct from military style boot camps or "shock incarceration" camps, emphasizes leadership, restorative justice, and work skills. This paper covers program objectives, partnerships with community organizations in the program, and outcomes from the program, particularly restorative outcomes. The author also notes that serious, long term evaluation of the program is beginning. She believes that qualitative data, as well as quantitative data, must be taken into account.
Source: Vanspauwen, K., Robert, L., Aertsen, I., Parmentier, S. (2003), Restorative Justice and Restorative Detention. A selected and annotated bibliography. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Onderzoeksgroep Penologie en Victimologie.