The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry, led by federal court judge Matthew Myers, was commissioned by the Federal Government to investigate whether courts, police and prisons were contributing to the over-incarceration of First Nations people.
The answer was yes, the inquiry found, because the justice system was often entrenching inequalities by not providing enough sentencing options and diversion programs for Indigenous offenders.
- Inquiry recommends end to practice of jailing people for unpaid fines
- Courts should consider First Nations peoples’ systemic and background factors
- Governments should set criminal justice targets to reduce incarceration, violence
- Advocacy group says the inquiry provides a ‘once in a generations’ chance