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Indigenous young people and hyperincarceration in Australia


White, R, Indigenous young people and hyperincarceration in Australia, Youth Justice, 15, (3) pp. 256-270 . ISSN 1473-2254 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1473225414562293


This article describes and analyses the over-representation of Indigenous, young people in Australian juvenile justice. It contextualises this over-representation, through a brief discussion of colonialism and its continuing impacts. The concept of hyperincarceration is then used to describe the patterns of Indigenous detention, one that is overwhelmingly, disproportionate in terms of Indigenous status compared to non-Indigenous status. This article provides recent empirical evidence of the gross over-representations of Indigenous young people, especially in the harshest parts of the juvenile justice system. Alternative forms of intervention, such as justice reinvestment, are briefly discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sociology
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:White, R (Professor Rob White)
ID Code:97453
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-12-17
Last Modified:2018-03-24

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