Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system

The fourth major research report from the IPA’s Criminal Justice Project addresses the high level of incarceration among Indigenous Australians and a first principles approach to policy reform in this area.

The paper can be found here. It was submitted to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s review of Indigenous incarceration rates, details about which can be found here.

Media release

A new report released today by the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs: Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system, examines the very high rate of incarceration among Indigenous Australians. The report makes an original contribution through a renewed focus on core principles of justice and corrections, while being mindful of Indigenous disadvantage.

It finds that despite decades of special programs for Indigenous offenders, recidivism and incarceration rates have continued to climb, and calls for enhanced options for punishment and reform outside of the traditional prison system

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