The role of indigenous justice agreements in improving legal and social outcomes for Indigenous people
Allison, Fiona, and Cunneen, Chris (2010) The role of indigenous justice agreements in improving legal and social outcomes for Indigenous people. Sydney Law Review, 32 (4). pp. 645-669.
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Driven for the most part by recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody, Australian states and territories over the last two decades have introduced Indigenous Justice Agreements and related strategic frameworks in the hope of addressing consistently high rates of Indigenous incarceration and improving justice service delivery to Indigenous people. Through analysis of relevant policy frameworks and associated policy material, rather than statistical analysis alone, we seek to examine whether strategic planning in this area is actually improving Indigenous justice outcomes as intended. We apply seven criteria as a basis for our assessment of policy outcomes.
Despite significant shortcomings, we conclude that quality, Indigenous justice-related strategic planning does have a positive impact, at the very least through focus it provides for government to work towards addressing Indigenous issues, including Indigenous over-representation in the criminal justice and victimisation. Further development of effective policy is essential. In this context, the dismantling over time of Aboriginal advisory and/or representative bodies and its impact upon policy development is noted as a point of particular concern.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Date Deposited:||16 May 2011 07:03|
|FoR Codes:||18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law @ 100%|
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