Colonial processes, Indigenous peoples and criminal justice systems

Cunneen, Chris (2014) Colonial processes, Indigenous peoples and criminal justice systems. In: Bucerius, Sandra M., and Tonry, Michael, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Ethnicity, Crime and Immigration. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 386-407.

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Colonial processes, indigenous people, and criminal justice systems interact. There are commonalities in the experiences of Indigenous peoples in the white settler societies of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. Understanding of the over-representation of Indigenous people in crime and victimization statistics needs to be contextualized within the broader framework of the effects of colonization. These effects include long-term social and economic marginalization, and limited recognition of indigenous law and governance. Current criminal justice processes (including risk assessment) continue to single out indigenous peoples as a "crime-prone" population. Indigenous demands for greater recognition of Aboriginal law and greater control over criminal justice decision-making must be taken seriously. Neo-liberalism and "law and order" politics are likely further to entrench the over-representation of indigenous peoples within western criminal justice systems.

Item ID: 30140
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-19-985901-6
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2015 00:21
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