Abstract: It is an alarming fact that Indigenous juveniles in New South Wales ('NSW') are incarcerated at a rate 28 times higher than non-Indigenous juveniles. Indigenous people make up only 2% of the general population, but make up over 50% of the prison population. These figures are well documented but explanations and solutions are far less common. Indeed, few of the over 300 recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody3 have been implemented effectively at any level of government, despite the fact these recommendations covered issues such as education, employment, police cultural awareness training and the ways in which prisons should be operated.
To cite this article: Brown, Laura. The criminalisation of conduct: Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system [online]. Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol. 7, No. 28, Jan/Feb 2012: 8-11.
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