Serious crimes committed by parolees in Australia have brought parole into the public eye. Without concrete evidence, governments often act on the assumption that the public holds punitive attitudes. This project develops an evidence base to inform policy on parole at a crucial time when governments are under pressure to restrict its use. Three mixed-method studies will assess: what public views on parole are, why the
public holds these views, and what influence these views have on policy and practice. The project makes a contribution to (1) creating information strategies that properly inform the public, (2) supporting prisoner reintegration strategies, and (3) shaping criminal justice policies based on informed community feedback.