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Adam’s story

Background:

Born in 1975, Adam is now aged 26. Heroin was Adam's main drug at around $50/day. He also had used dope, speed, ecstasy and trips occasionally. A likeable though easily led young man who had been a petty dealer, Adam's skills in break enter and steal and other property crimes were often never fully utilized due to the pervasive effects of hanging out.

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Case study: Ben

Ben is a 38 year old local Aboriginal man who is well known to the Criminal Justice System in Northern NSW. He has an extensive criminal record dating back to 1973 when at age 11 years, he was incarcerated on his first conviction. As an adult Ben has had 54 separate court appearances, most of them for multiple offences.

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