Imprisonment

Research report

19 Jul 2017

Aim: To explain the upward trend in Indigenous imprisonment in NSW between January 2012 and September 2016.

Method: Separate analyses were conducted of trends in the factors influencing the number of remand and sentenced prisoners received into custody...

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Audio program

13 Jun 2017

While women still only make up a small percentage of the overall prison population, their rate of imprisonment is rocketing.

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016) showed a 42% increase of imprisonment rates over the last ten years for women, compared to a 24% increase for men...

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Research report

10 Apr 2017

The Waitangi Tribunal has found the Crown in breach of its Treaty obligations by failing to prioritise the reduction of the high rate of Māori reoffending relative to non-Māori. The Tribunal says the undisputed disparity between Māori and non-Māori reoffending rates is longstanding and...

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Briefing paper

17 Oct 2016

This introduction presents some of the key themes and factors associated with rates of over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system. It provides a summary of literature that evaluates policy proposals to reduce these rates, discussing how...

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Research report

28 Sep 2016

Examines the rise in the NSW Indigenous prison population.

Method: Descriptive analysis of trends in bail, sentencing and court appearances.

Results: The rise in Indigenous imprisonment in NSW is due to a combination of higher rates of arrest...

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Research report

21 Jul 2016

The data in this report are extracted from the Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) Offender Integrated Management System (OIMS) and the Juvenile Justice NSW (JJNSW) Client Information Management System (CIMS).

The adult custody population figures include only those persons held in gazetted...

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Audio program

27 May 2016

“What I Know Now” is a series of short programs that has been produced by Seeds of Affinity Pathways for Women, an Adelaide-based support group for women of lived prison experience, with support from the University of South Australia journalism lecturer, Dr Heather Anderson, and Dr Charlotte...

Blog post

15 Apr 2016

Despite great changes in Indigenous policy in the last twenty-five years, the number of Indigenous deaths in custody has not declined. Between 1987 and 1991, while the Royal Commission was underway, there were 23 Indigenous deaths in prison custody and 28 in police custody. From 2009 to 2013 (...

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Journal article

05 Feb 2016

In their article, Elise Klein, Michael Jones and Eddie Cubillo consider Don Weatherburn’s claim that Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) have a limited role in reducing Indigenous incarceration. They argue that Weatherburn understates the role of ATSILS. They make their...

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Research report

25 Nov 2015

Among the divides between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous people in Australia, the health and life expectancy gap and the stark difference in the rates of imprisonment are among the most well-known.

  • It is estimated that, on average, an Indigenous
  • ...
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Audio interview

21 Jul 2015

The postcode you grew up in can say a lot about you.

Perhaps it might explain your accent or the school you went to.

But a national report released today by Jesuit Social Services and Catholic Social Services Australia, has found that your postcode can explain far more than that....

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Briefing paper

01 Jun 2015

Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse Research Brief 19 provides new insights into Indigenous women’s offending by examining previously unpublished police and court data for the period 2010-2012. While there are differences across the selected Australian jurisdictions, the authors find that the...

Statistics

18 May 2015

This report presents 24 months of reception, discharge and custody population data and comparisons between the current and previous quarter for age, gender, indigenous status, most serious offence and the average length of stay. Separate figures are presented for juveniles and adults. The...

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Briefing paper

18 May 2015

Prison population forecasting is fraught with difficulty. Many factors affect the size of the prison population, including levels of crime, the number of arrests, the proportion of arrestees convicted, the proportion refused bail, the proportion given a prison sentence, the average length of...

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Research report

05 Feb 2015

Abstract

Alarming over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australian prisons, combined with high recidivism rates and poor health and social outcomes among those released from prison, has led many to claim that incarceration is a social...

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Other text

31 May 2014

Since the conclusion of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC) in 1991 there has been a significant rise in the prison population of Indigenous peoples in Australia. There has been an even sharper rise in the number of Indigenous peoples in custody. While all Indigenous...

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Research report

19 Aug 2013

Executive summary

Koori women make up the fastest growing segment of the Victorian prison population. They are currently being incarcerated at a much higher rate than both non-Koori women and Koori men.

These women are generally young. Many have grown up...

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Fact sheet

04 Jan 2011

This snapshot describe the penalties imposed on adult offenders convicted of illicit drug offences involving amphetamines.

Summary: In 2009-2010, 2,397 offenders were convicted of illicit drug offences involving amphetamines. The majority (70.9%) were convicted of using or possessing...

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Research report

15 Aug 2010

Two new measures of offence seriousness in NSW are assessed in this Crime and Justice Bulletin.

The first measure of offence seriousness, Median Sentence Ranking (MSR), was constructed by identifying the median sentence actually imposed in each Australian Standard Offence Classification...

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Commentary

Article

24 Nov 2009

Why are prisons less a portal to a new life than a revolving door? Corrective services need to correct, not just punish, writes Andrew Leigh in On Line Opinion

IT’S A SET-PIECE of every Hollywood movie featuring an ex-con. A clean-shaven man walks out the prison gate carrying his...

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