Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Indigenous Crime

I’m organising an event on ‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Indigenous Crime’ at ANU on 28 May. Details over the fold. All welcome.

Monday 28 May 2007
Ross Hohnen Room, Chancelry Bldg
‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Indigenous Crime’

Compared with the non-Indigenous population, Indigenous people are significantly more likely to be the victim of a crime, and more likely to commit a crime. Indigenous people are also substantially more likely to be incarcerated, and more likely to harm themselves while in custody.

In recent times, the media has focused attention on domestic violence in Indigenous communities, but many other aspects of crime remain largely ignored. Drawing on the perspectives of history, economics and law, the
discussion will ask: what can social science say about these challenges, and how might policies be better crafted to address them?

* Boyd Hunter, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
* Tim Rowse, History Program, Research School of Social Sciences
* Jennifer Clarke, ANU College of Law

* Peter Radoll, Director, Jabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre

For more details, please contact Andrew Leigh.

Registration is not required, and there is no fee to attend. Here is a map of the ANU campus.

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3 Responses to Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Indigenous Crime

  1. Andrew: How much of the higher rate of incarceration is simply due to to the higher crime rate?

    I don’t doubt for a minute that after allowing for the higher crime rate, the rate of incarceration is still above that for the non-Indigenous population — presumably either because Indigenous people are more likely to get caught when they do commit a crime or because they are more likely to be the target of spurious arrests — but I would still like to know the “true” figure.

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  3. Andrew Leigh says:

    John, I’m not sure that anyone has estimated it. One way would be to look at something like spousal homicide (where the underreporting issues are very low), and compare rates in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

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