New Report looking at alternatives to imprisonment…

19th Feb 2015

Australia’s national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research institute the Lowitja Institute recently published a report which looks at alternatives to imprisonment. Aboriginal incarceration remains an alarming human rights issue in Australia, with the proportion of incarcerations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders continuing to increase.

Lowitja Institute CEO Romlie Mokak a Djugun man from Broome was saddened by the incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Islander Australians, stating that the notion of closing the gap is simply that at moment. Mr Mokak is hopeful the study can make an important contribution to the justice policy debate, with a citizen’s jury offering improved aid policy development through an alternative method of assessing the critically informed public perception. Mr Mokak shared his thoughts on the study over a chat with Kyle Dowling.

Dr Paul Simpson a research fellow at the Kirby institute from the University of NSW, one of the head researches for the study is aware that public perception is an obstacle where offender’s social, cultural and economic circumstances are often not taken into account among jurors. Dr Simpson says the study focuses on prevention, achieved through greater levels of support and engagement with communities.