Governing Crime in the Intervention
Law in Context, 2009, Vol. 27, Issue 2, pp. 90-113
26 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2013 Last revised: 3 Dec 2013
Date Written: December 2013
This article addresses how the 'technologies, discourses and metaphors of crime' that legitimated interventions in the Northern Territory from mid-2006 had an impact on the policing of minor driving offences. Data from local court lists in prescribed communities and the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services Annual Police Reports (2004-2009) reveal that there has been an increase in Indigenous criminalisation since the Intervention. The increase is not in the violent offences anticipated by the architects of the Intervention but in minor driving or traffic offences (hereafter referred to as driving offences), particularly driving unlicensed, uninsured and in an unregistered vehicle. These findings on policing under the Intervention resonate with Jonathan Simon's model of governing through crime and Stanley Cohen's work on net-widening.
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