Journal article

'A Tragedy of Monumental Proportions': Indigenous Australians and the Sentencing Process

Heather Douglas, Jennifer Corrin

Social & Legal Studies | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2010


This article explores the tensions between the principles of rehabilitation and community protection in the sentencing of Aboriginal people, especially in the context of dysfunctional and remote Aboriginal communities. In order to explore these tensions, the article draws on the issues raised in a recent Australian case involving the sentencing of nine young Aboriginal men and boys who pleaded guilty to the rape of a 10-year-old girl in a remote Aboriginal community in the far north of Australia. Although many Aboriginal women have called for greater protection for women and children by the criminal justice system, they have argued for community restoration rather than incarceration. This ar..

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