Understanding and preventing Indigenous Offending


The data available is reported on regard Indigenous offending patterns, finding that overrepresentation is particularly severe with regard to acts intended to cause injury, public order offences, offences against justice and unlawful entry. The issue of Indigenous populations being over-represented in the criminal justice system is emphasized, with data and research being provided. Offence profiles are explored, showing that there is a disproportionate amount of acts intended to cause injury, public order offences, theft offences, and unlawful entry offences among Indigenous populations. Demographic characteristics are explored, followed by recidivism rates and risk factors for offending. Criminogenic behaviour for Indigenous populations were highly correlated to being young, male, of low socio-economic status, poorly educated, unemployed, and using substances. Insights are provided into understanding violence, articulating current gaps in knowledge about Indigenous offending. Crime prevention implications are stipulated, emphasizing that success lies in effective community-level and criminal justice system responses. Issues with the research and directions for future research are highlighted.

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