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This paper examines the experience of Indigenous Australians in relation to the resolution of legal problems in comparison with non-Indigenous people. Using the Legal AustraliaWide (LAW) Survey national dataset, the findings show that Indigenous respondents were significantly more likely than others to have unresolved crime...
This report contains thirty-five recommendations designed to reduce the disproportionate rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and improve community safety.
In light of a number of significant recent cases, this article examines the role of the courts in the protection of Indigenous cultural heritage.
This study sought to examine the prevalence of cognitive impairment in a representative sample of Indigenous offenders from Victorian prisons.
This article explores cases in which Indigenous defendants have perceived that an all-white jury’s prejudice against Indigenous people would prevent them receiving a fair trial, and draws comparisons with the United States and Canada.
This study helps to explain the upward trend in Indigenous imprisonment in NSW between January 2012 and September 2016.
This paper explores the nature of relations between public officials and community workers, drawing on empirical data from a study on Indigenous patrols in New South Wales, Australia. Patrol workers interact with public officials from various state entities who are tasked with...
This issues paper investigates a new way to ensure equal access to justice for all Tasmanians. It discusses the feasibility of instituting a communication assistant/intermediary scheme in Tasmania for people with complex communication needs involved in the criminal justice system to enhance their ability to...
Between 1 January 1980 and 31 May 1989, ninety-nine Aboriginal and Tones Strait Islander people died in the custody of prison, police or juvenile detention institutions. They were eighty-eight males and eleven females. Their approximate average age at death was thirty-two years, the median age-the...
It is time to re-define our criminal justice system to redress the over-reliance on incarceration as the means of achieving safer communities. A substantive reconfiguration of mental health, disability and substance misuse services is essential to provide comprehensive treatment rather than punish for vulnerable people....