By Don Weatherburn
Despite sweeping reforms via the Keating executive following the 1991 Royal fee into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, the speed of Indigenous imprisonment has soared. What has long past unsuitable? In Arresting incarceration, Dr Don Weatherburn charts the occasions that ended in royal fee. He additionally argues that earlier efforts to minimize the variety of Aboriginal Australians in felony have didn't accurately tackle the underlying factors of Indigenous involvement in violent crime; specifically drug and alcohol abuse, baby forget and abuse, bad university functionality and unemployment. Read more...
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145). His concerns were supported by a range of survey data. The 2002 ABS National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) found that one-quarter of Australia’s Indigenous population (aged 15 years and over) had been victims of physical or threatened violence in the twelve months preceding the survey (ABS 2004). This was double the corresponding victimisation rate for non-Indigenous Australians and double the rate reported for Indigenous Australians back in 31 ARRESTING INCARCERATION 1994 (ABS 2004, p.
The fact that the Commission had to divide its resources between coronial investigations and research into the causes of Indigenous over-representation in prison limited the amount of time and attention it could give to the over-representation issue. This is unfortunate because the Commission had only one chance to get it right. Whatever conclusions it reached about the cause or causes of Aboriginal overrepresentation into the criminal justice system were bound to have a profound effect on the way Governments chose to respond to the problem for years to come.
137). The laws originally allowed a maximum penalty of six months in prison to be imposed by a local justice, but within ten years, the maximum penalty able to be imposed had risen to three years. It was later reduced to two years (Hasluck 1970, p. 287) describe the three decades from the 1880s as …ones of little less than mass incarceration of Aborigines largely engaged in cattle-killing offences against the white pastoralists of the Kimberleys and the north. It is not entirely clear why Western Australia’s response to the conflict between Aboriginal people and settlers was so different from that in eastern Australia.
Arresting incarceration : pathways out of Indigenous imprisonment by Don Weatherburn