International perspectives on using bail to improve Indigenous criminal justice outcomes

RB/CIP Number: 29
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Doreen TF Chen

This Research Brief examines the impact of bail on Indigenous criminal justice outcomes in Australia and New Zealand. It adopts an international comparative perspective both to diversify the policy discourse and so as to explore available international literature and data on bail for Indigenous and minority populations. It begins with a consideration of the international law foundations for bail and examination of forms of bail available worldwide. It then assesses the impact of bail on Indigenous people through its corollary – remand – and then through bail itself.