Diverting Indigenous offenders from the criminal justice system


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are vastly over-represented in the Australian juvenile and criminal justice systems, with a high cost through exposure to the harsh prison environment, marginalisation, and poor health and employment outcomes. Though contact with the justice system can be reduced through diversion programs, Indigenous Australians have shown low participation and completion rates of such programs. This resource sheet reviews the evidence on the functioning and effectiveness of various diversionary programs to assess what works – and what doesn’t – in helping divert people away from the justice system. (Introduction, edited).

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