Indigenous Justice Reports: new narratives and practices in sentencing

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University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
Griffith University

This project engages a participatory action research model to assess the impact of Indigenous Justice Reports in criminal sentencing on sentence practices and outcomes for Indigenous women. It introduces Indigenous Reports for Indigenous women in Victorian Koori Courts and expands their availability in Queensland Murri Courts. Its comparative research approach identifies how place-based factors influence the process and impact of Indigenous Reports on sentencing. This project seeks to improve sentencing processes and outcomes for Indigenous defendants by providing courts with reports that address personal and community circumstances of Indigenous women, provide relevant sentencing options and are accompanied with appropriate supports.


Pre-sentence reports for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: An analysis of language and sentiment
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Coulter, Darcy, Forkan, Abdur Rahim Mohammed, Kang, Yong-Bin, Trounson, Justin, Anthony, Thalia, Marchetti, Elena, Shepherd, Stephane
Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice
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