Sentencing Indigenous Offenders

Publisher:
Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse
Publication Type:
Report
Citation:
2015, pp. 1 - 8
Issue Date:
2015-03-31
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This brief seeks to provide an evidence base for the development of law and policy by highlighting some key issues concerning the sentencing of Indigenous offenders. It first outlines the statutory frameworks that are in place in Australia and New Zealand. Second, it discusses the development of common law principles relating to the sentencing of Indigenous offenders, focusing on the relevance of Indigenous status and Indigenous laws (often called customary law) and cultural practices. Finally, it reports on the results of statistical studies of sentencing of Indigenous offenders.
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