Understanding the Importance and 'Potential' of the Youth Offenders Act 1997 (NSW) in Addressing the Over-Representation of Aboriginal Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System


This article evaluates the problem of Indigenous youth overrepresentation in prison, as a consequence of the lack of court alternate diversionary options available within the NSW criminal justice system for Aboriginal juveniles. The source of this outcome is explored through a critique of the Young Offenders Act 1997 (NSW), including identifying restricted access to diversionary options like cautions and warnings due to the ?gatekeeper? role the NSW police occupy in relation to how the legislation is interpreted and applied.

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