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Evaluation of the Queensland Murri Court: final report

Posted on: 10 January, 2011
Issue: Vol 11 No 1, January 2011 – March 2011
Related to Offender health Services Queensland

Morgan A, Louis E (2010)
Evaluation of the Queensland Murri Court: final report
Brisbane: Australian Institute of Criminology

Murri courts operates within a Magistrates Court framework but provide for involvement of key Indigenous members of the community, the offender’s family, Indigenous community organisations and Community justice groups in the sentencing of Indigenous offenders. This report outlines the findings from the Australian Institute of Criminology’s evaluation of the Queensland Murri court. The evaluation examined the Murri court‘s key objectives including:

  • reducing the overrepresentation of Indigenous offenders in correctional facilities
  • improving rates of court appearance
  • reducing recidivism
  • strengthening partnerships between courts and Indigenous communities

The evaluation found the Murri court to be largely successful in achieving these objectives, especially in strengthening partnerships. Rates of court appearance were found to have improved during the tenre of the Murri court, however there was no perceivable impact upon the rate of recidivism amongst Indigenous offenders.

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