Indigenous Justice Agreements

Allison, Fiona, and Cunneen, Chris (2013) Indigenous Justice Agreements. Current Initiatives Paper, 4. pp. 1-8.

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Over the last two decades, some Australian States and Territories have introduced Indigenous Justice Agreements (IJAs) and related strategic frameworks in the hope of addressing consistently high rates of Indigenous incarceration and improving justice service delivery to Indigenous people. Drawing on earlier research by the authors,this Research Brief provides an overview and analysis of the IJAs, and examines whether strategic planning on Indigenous justice issues is improving Indigenous justice outcomes as intended. We identify four key factors for success of IJAs, along with key challenges likely to impact upon their effectiveness. Despite significant shortcomings, we conclude that IJAs do have a positive impact, in particular by providing Indigenous people with input into strategic planning, and providing government with a systematic and coherent strategy to address Indigenous justice issues, including over-representation and victimisation.

Item ID: 28171
Item Type: Article (Non-Refereed Research)
ISSN: 1837-6223
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Date Deposited: 28 May 2014 07:00
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940405 Law Reform @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940401 Civil Justice @ 50%
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