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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Jail diversion programs neglect Indigenous offenders

Date posted: 16 December 2013

A new report shows a need for culturally appropriate diversion programs, as Indigenous incarceration rates soar. Indigenous people are vastly over-represented in the Australian juvenile and criminal justice systems and the programs to keep them out are not working, a new report sponsored by the Federal Government shows.

Diverting Indigenous offenders from the criminal justice system report evaluates the state of incarceration diversion programs which include mentoring, education and work experience programs aimed at avoiding incarceration. The report shows that Indigenous participation and completion of these programs is poor and incarceration statistics are worsening each year.

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