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Evaluating the Children’s Koori Court of Victoria

74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith ACT, Professor Allan Borowski
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 15 March 2010

Professor Allan BorowskiProfessor Allan Borowski

Presentation overview

Despite the investment of considerable resources over the past two decades, the overrepresentation of Indigenous Australians in the criminal and juvenile justice systems persists. An important strategy for addressing overrepresentation has been Indigenous participation in sentencing. While formalized Indigenous courts and sentencing circles have been in place for over a decade, the first formal Children's Indigenous Court - the Children's Koori Court of Victoria - began operation at the end of 2005. The two major goals of the court are to reduce recidivism (and, in turn, overrepresentation) and to increase Indigenous ownership of the administration of justice. An evaluation completed in 2009 sought to evaluate the extent to which the objectives flowing from these goals was realised. This seminar will report on the evaluation, its findings and the considerable challenges encountered in undertaking the study.

The presenter

Professor Allan Borowski holds a PhD from the Florence Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare, Brandeis University, Boston, Massachusetts. He currently holds the Chair in Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University. He has produced over 100 publications during his career. His interest in the field of juvenile crime began early in his career when he worked as a youth probation and parole officer and in community-based corrections in Melbourne. He has served as a consultant to a variety of public and non-profit organizations in Australia and overseas and has been a visiting professor at universities in Hong Kong, Israel, Canada, the United Kingdom and Sweden. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2006.