Criminology, Criminal Justice and Indigenous People: A Dysfunctional Relationship?
Current Issues in Criminal Justice, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 332-366, 2009
20 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2013 Last revised: 1 May 2015
Date Written: February 25, 2013
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
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