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Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Royal Commission

The principal finding of this Royal Commission was that Aboriginal people died in custody in large numbers because they were in jail in such large numbers (over-represented by a factor of 10-20). There were many recommendations designed to reduce the numbers of Aboriginal people in custody, including: A series of recommendations (79-91) designed for diversion …

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Claire Seppins Churchill Fellowship Report

Mentoring: Claire Seppings Churchill Fellowship Report Biography: Claire Seppings’ aspiration to generate reformative change in the criminal justice system is triggered and motivated by her substantial professional and lived experience.• As a Social Worker graduate from Melbourne’s Monash University in 1984, Claire worked with the Department of Social Security and recently worked with Centrelink. This …

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Failure of Imprisonment

Rand Corp on Mandatory Minimums Studies in the US have shown that mandatory minimum sentences don’t work. A 1997 study by the Rand Corporation’s Drug Policy Research Centre demonstrated that mandatory minimum sentences were ‘throwing away taxpayers’ money’. Prison was not only an ineffective sanction against the drug trade, it was by far the most …

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