Western Australia’s prison population has the highest rate of Aboriginal over-representation in Australia. Research on the criminogenic effect of imprisonment suggests that the use of imprisonment as a deterrent to future offending is not empirically supported and that imprisonment may in fact contribute to further offending. Consequently, this article explores theoretical debates surrounding penality as a way to inform alternative crime control strategies to imprisonment. It will be argued that any strategy to reduce Aboriginal imprisonment rates could benefit from a perspective that views Aboriginal imprisonment as a manifestation of Aboriginal resistance to settler colonial dominance.
Kelly, Miriam and Tubex, Hilde
"Stemming the Tide of Aboriginal Incarceration,"
The University of Notre Dame Australia Law Review:
Vol. 17, Article 2.
Available at: http://researchonline.nd.edu.au/undalr/vol17/iss1/2