Criminology, Criminal Justice and Indigenous People: A Dysfunctional Relationship?

Current Issues in Criminal Justice, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 332-366, 2009

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2013-17

20 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2013 Last revised: 1 May 2015

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Chris Cunneen

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney; University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences; James Cook University - Cairns Campus

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Date Written: February 25, 2013

Abstract

This paper examines issues of crime and violence in Indigenous communities in the context of broader problems of criminal justice law, policy and practice. In particular it addresses four points:

1) the problem the legal system has in ensuring protection of Indigenous women in the context of domestic and family violence; the problem Indigenous people have in using the legal system to protect and enhance their own interests and rights, particularly in the area of civil and family law, and the implications this has for criminalization; Indigenous access to legal advice and representation and funding issues associated with Aboriginal legal services; and the limitations of criminal justice agencies in developing strategic policies that change the way they do business with Indigenous people.

Keywords: Indigenous, Australian, Criminal Justice, Law, Civil, Family, Policy, Practice

Suggested Citation

Cunneen, Chris, Criminology, Criminal Justice and Indigenous People: A Dysfunctional Relationship? (February 25, 2013). Current Issues in Criminal Justice, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 332-366, 2009; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2013-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2211076

Chris Cunneen (Contact Author)

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

PO Box 6811
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

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