The Growth in Remand and its Impact on Indigenous Over-Representation in the Criminal Justice System

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Professor Lorana Bartels

The brief provides an overview of Australian data on changes to prisoner numbers and imprisonment rates for unsentenced and sentenced Indigenous adults in recent years. It also examines the factors leading to the growth in remand and the impact of this on Indigenous over-representation in the criminal justice system. The paper then considers strategies that aim to address these issues.