Legal service slams WA govt’s “despicable” plans for mandatory sentencing

BY AMY MCQUIRE, FEBRUARY 26, 2013 | Tracker Magazine   NATIONAL: The Aboriginal Legal Service of WA has slammed the state government’s push to expand mandatory and minimum sentencing laws, saying it will only jail more Aboriginal people. Aboriginal people are 20 times more likely to be jailed in the state than their non-Indigenous counterparts – the highest ratio in […]

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BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Taking sentencing out of the court of public opinion

By Amy McQuire, February 28 2013, Tracker Magazine. NATIONAL: The complexity of sentencing decisions is ill-covered by media, writes AMY MCQUIRE. Like all issues in Indigenous affairs, the skyrocketing incarceration rates of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is an issue revisited every few years, with politicians and media riding out the shockwaves, and […]

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