Reports and publications (published elsewhere)

Police diversion of young offenders and Indigenous over-representation

Posted on: 4 May, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 2, April 2010 - June 2010
Related to Justice Adolescents Young adults Offender health Research Social issues Queensland

Australian Institute of Criminology (2009)
Police diversion of young offenders and Indigenous over-representation.
Canberra, ACT: Australian Institute of Criminology

This report describes the findings of a study into the incidence, nature, and outcome of contact with the juvenile justive system, for a cohort of 8,236 young people aged 10 to 16 years in Queensland between 2000 and 2007. The study was designed to assess whether greater use of diversionary measures, as opposed to formal sanctions, would reduce over-representation of Indigenous juveniles within the juvenile justice system. The study comprised three primary research topics: the amount/extent of contact with the juvenile justice system; processes used; and the impact of police diversion on further contact with the juvenile justice system. The study’s findings indicate that Indigenous juveniles come into contact with police earlier, at a more frequent rate and are less likely to be diverted to informal measures than non-Indigenous juveniles.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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