Improving sentencing processes and outcomes for Indigenous defendants
Original Published Date: 
Friday, May 31, 2019

Associate Professor Thalia Anthony will lead a research team based at the University of Technology Sydney, in a new $270,352 Linkage Project grant that seeks to assess the impact of indigenous narratives, or ‘Indigenous Justice Reports’ in the criminal sentencing of Indigenous women.

The project will address the over-representation of Indigenous women in the Australian prison system, through the introduction and expansion of the use of Indigenous Justice Reports to criminal sentencing courts in Victoria and Queensland. 

These reports can produce valuable information for lawyers representing Indigenous women to enhance their advocacy, by addressing their personal and community circumstances, and matching them with the provision of case support from the host Indigenous organisation to assist Indigenous women to desist from offending.

In partnership with the not-for-profit community service organisation Five Bridges, as well as the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, and The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration, the research team will identify how place-based factors influence the process and impact of Indigenous Reports on sentencing, and seek to improve sentencing processes and outcomes for Indigenous defendants.

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