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Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Joensson, C. Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

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Abstract

I wish to submit my thoughts and recommendations in regards to laws that contribute to the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people offending. The opinions expressed in this report have been developed through my own research with specific consideration given to the Final Report of the Royal Commission Into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, The Report by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and the recommendations provided by the Australian Law Reform Commission in the discussion paper published for the purposes of this inquiry.

The primary aim of this submission is to address two key areas of concern: the high imprisonment rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People for non payment of fines and the disproportionately high amount of fines that are issued. I will examine each of these points individually and provide suggestions as to the options available to minimise the impact of these offences on Indigenous communities. I will conclude this report by highlighting the inconsistencies that can be seen in Australia’s criminal justice system in upholding the Rule of Law. Specifically I will discuss how the laws highlighted in this report fail in promoting the Rule of Law and how high incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a stark example of why we need to give more focus to such a concept.

Publication Type: Others
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Law
Publishers Website: https://www.alrc.gov.au/inquiries/indigenous-incar...
Related URLs:
UNSD Goals: Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/41355
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