Submission to Australian Law Reform Commission re Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Alternative formats available on request to PIAC - Contact PIAC
PIAC’s submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples answers a range of questions asked by the Commission about the factors that contribute to ongoing over-incarceration as well as the changes required to address this issue.
PIAC suggests a range of possible reforms around criminal procedures, including the need for arrest and detention to be sanctions of last resort, especially in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
PIAC’s submission also discusses the importance of housing options immediately post-release from prison, with lack of housing associated with increased re-offending and re-incarceration. This is particularly important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who experience higher rates of both homelessness and incarceration.