Inequities, alternatives and future directions : inside perspectives of Indigenous sentencing in Queensland

Bond, Christine, Jeffries, Samantha, & Loban, Heron (2013) Inequities, alternatives and future directions : inside perspectives of Indigenous sentencing in Queensland. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 20(6), pp. 812-823.

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In Australia, sentencing researchers have generally focussed on whether there is statistical equality/inequality in outcomes by reference to Indigenous status. However, contextualising the sentencing process requires us to move away from a reliance on statistical analyses alone, as this approach cannot tell us whether sentencing is an equitable process for Indigenous people. Consultation with those working at the sentencing ‘coal face’ provides valuable insight into the nexus between Indigenous status and sentencing. This article reports the main themes from surveys of the judiciary and prosecutors, and focus groups of Community Justice Groups undertaken in Queensland. The aim is to understand better the sentencing process for Indigenous Queenslanders. Results suggest that while there have been some positive developments in sentencing (e.g. the Murri Court, Community Justice Groups) Indigenous offenders still face a number of inequities.

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ID Code: 55068
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Indigenous sentencing, Prosecutors, Community Justice Groups, Judiciary
DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2012.739934
ISSN: 1321-8719
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Routledge
Deposited On: 22 Nov 2012 06:24
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2014 22:58

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