By Don Weatherburn
Despite sweeping reforms through the Keating govt following the 1991 Royal fee into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, the speed of Indigenous imprisonment has soared. What has long past mistaken? In Arresting incarceration, Dr Don Weatherburn charts the occasions that resulted in royal fee. He additionally argues that previous efforts to lessen the variety of Aboriginal Australians in legal have didn't effectively tackle the underlying explanations of Indigenous involvement in violent crime; particularly drug and alcohol abuse, baby overlook and abuse, negative college functionality and unemployment. Read more...
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36), Murris5 and Torres Strait Islanders were shipped to the island throughout the 1920s ‘like cattle’. By 1930, the population on Palm Island had grown to more than 1000 (Watson 2010, p. 39). Some were sent there following sentencing or after release from court. Others were simply transported there in periodic roundups by police. It is interesting to note at this 13 ARRESTING INCARCERATION juncture that Palm Island was viewed both as a place of punishment and (in the eyes of local authorities) a place of protection (Finnane & Richards 2010, p.
A cursory look at the imprisonment figures at the time reveals why. 8 per cent) were serving time for ‘offences against good order’. The vast majority of sentenced Indigenous prisoners were serving sentences for violent (45 per cent) or theft offences (32 per cent), with the latter mostly involving break, enter and steal (Australian Institute of Criminology 1989, p. 60). The Commission’s recommendations in relation to the use of prison as a last resort were no more likely to reduce Indigenous imprisonment than its recommendations in relation to policing.
1). In the six years between 1996 and 2001, the number of Indigenous Australians arrested for property crime rose by 73 per cent in Bourke, 111 per cent in Brewarrina, 182 per cent in Redfern and 85 per cent in Walgett (NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research 2012b). The rise in arrest rates for property crime brought with it rising rates of Indigenous imprisonment. Between 1996 and 1999 the number of Indigenous Australians in prison for robbery offences grew by 28 per cent (from 342 to 439), while the number in prison for burglary grew by 26 per cent (from 462 to 582) (ABS 1997, 2001a).
Arresting incarceration : pathways out of Indigenous imprisonment by Don Weatherburn