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Strategies to reduce Indigenous imprisonment: perspectives in Western Australia

74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith, ACT, Mark Jessop
28 April 2006

Mark Jessop
Western Australian Department of Corrective Services

Introduction

Western Australia has the highest rate of Indigenous imprisonment in Australia, with an age standardised rate of over 2,500 per 100,000.

In 2001 the WA Government committed to a range of strategies to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous peoples within the criminal justice system. The tools to achieve this have been varied and have focused on practical responses to issues raised by Monitoring and Evaluation of the 2001 Reducing Imprisonment Strategy. This presentation will discuss some of the approaches used to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous peoples and look at the impact they have had on prison populations.

About the presenter

Mark Jessop and has worked in social and market research for over 20 years - both consulting to the government and working in the government. Mark's recent social policy interests have been in the disability and justice fields. He is currently the Manager of Planning and Research at the WA Department of Corrective Services. His first major research contact with the justice needs of Indigenous people came when he completed a study of justice needs in the Kimberley region of WA in 2000. The study involved over 600 interviews in 20 communities across the region and was used to inform the development of the Kimberly Justice Plan.

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