Pathways to Justice – An Inquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (Final Report) ALRC Report 133


In 2017, the Attorney-General of Australia launched an inquiry into the reasons for over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres St Islander people in prison in Australia. The Law Reform Commission developed recommendations for reforms, principally of criminal law and legal frameworks, to reduce this disproportionate incarceration. While historical, social and economic factors were considered, the focus was on legal issues, and was further focused on adults. Recommendations were made in the areas of Justice Reinvestment, bail, sentencing and Aboriginality, Community-based sentencing, mandatory sentencing, prison programs and parole, access to justice, Aboriginal and Torres St Islander women, fines and driver licences, alcohol, police accountability, child protection and adult incarceration, criminal justice targets and Aboriginal Justice Agreements.

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