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Doing time – time for doing: Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system

Posted on: 18 July, 2011
Issue: Vol 11 No 3, July 2011 – September 2011
Related to Closing the gap Justice Adolescents Offender health Alcohol use

Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (2011)
Doing time – time for doing: Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system
Canberra: Parliament of Australia

This report by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs presents findings from an inquiry into the high levels of involvement of Indigenous juveniles and young adults in the criminal justice system. The committee was focused on identifying reasons for the continuing over-representation of Indigenous young people in custody, and specifically ways of prevention and early intervention to curb this.

A major finding of the committee was the need for the Closing the gap strategy to include a national partnership agreement specifically relating to the Safe communities building block which would be inclusive of specific targets relating to justice. The committee made 40 recommendations to the Australian Government.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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