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.

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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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Australia’s criminal justice costs: an international comparison

Find the report here.

Media release

“Australians are spending more on criminal justice and getting worse results than most comparable countries, underlining the need for criminal justice reform across the country,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs.

Today the IPA released a new report Australia’s criminal justice costs: An international comparison. Authored by Research Fellow Andrew Bushnell, the report details the high costs and weak results of Australian criminal justice.

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Submission To The Royal Commission Into The Protection And Detention Of Children In The Northern Territory

This letter was submitted to the Royal Commission that was announced following a Four Corners report on juvenile detention conditions in the Northern Territory.

The central contention of this submission is that while there is rightly significant community concern about the operation of youth justice facilities in the Northern Territory, this concern should not be used to indict the entire youth justice system in the Territory. Underlying the problems affecting these facilities are social, economic, and cultural factors that better explain the unique aspects of youth justice in the Northern Territory than do blanket denunciations of institutional prejudice.

Nonetheless, there is good reason to believe that Australia’s criminal justice system as a whole is failing the public. This submission concludes by placing the problems of the Northern Territory’s youth justice system in the context of the growing need for criminal justice reform in Australia.