AMA submission to Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into Indigenous incarceration rates
15 Feb 2017
The AMA provided a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into the incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.
The submission broadly addresses the Terms of Reference of the inquiry, which cover matters previously raised by the AMA, primarily through its 2015 Report Card on Indigenous Health, ‘Treating the High Rates of Imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as a Symptom of the Health Gap: An Integrated Approach to Both’.
The AMA wants to see a national integrated approach to reducing both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and imprisonment gaps – an approach that understands both as aspects of each other. The AMA 2015 Report Card on Indigenous Health does not present all the solutions to the many health problems that confront Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and we too struggle to find all the answers to addressing the disproportionately high rates of incarceration. However, the Report Card represents quality research, and provides some recommendations and examples of models that work.