Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Justice Agreement

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16.31 The development of JIA can be challenging. They are based on the cooperation of government authorities and the development, identification and engagement of Aboriginal organizations and Torres Strait Islander. [31] States and territories that wish to formalize the participation of Torres Strait Aborigines and Insulanians in criminal justice decision-making should put in place appropriate governance structures that reflect the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in that jurisdiction. 16.29 State and territory governments may have other judicial strategies or frameworks to reduce the detention of Aborigines and Torres Strait Icelandrn. However, the ALRC believes that the JIA is an important initiative to promote partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to promote strategic planning and to facilitate collaborative, culturally appropriate and effective criminal justice responses. 16.37 Act AJA – called ”the partnership” – was developed in 2015 with the elected body of act Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. [36] The partnership includes an action plan to reduce the average number of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander inmates to less than 10% of the prison population. The goal is to do this by improving ”the accessibility, use and effectiveness of justice-related programs and services,” including distraction programs. [37] 16.32 AJA were first introduced following a summit of major Aboriginal organizations and Torres Strait Islander in 1997. These organizations were concerned about a gap in the accountability of state and territory governments after the state and territories were held accountable for the detention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands, as recommended by the Royal Commission to Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. [32] These organizations then met with Commonwealth, state and territorial ministers responsible for criminal justice, and it was decided to develop ACIs. [33] The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Agreement was developed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Board (ATSIAB) and the Queensland Government.

It was signed on 19 December 2000 by the Prime Minister, four ministers, the President and members of ATSIAB. The agreement is valid until 2011. In December 2004, the Queensland Government issued tenders for an independent evaluation of the agreement with regard to its results and possible future directions. The long-term goal of the justice agreement is to reduce Indigenous contact with the criminal justice system to parity with the non-Indigenous tariff. The assessment presented in this report is the first independent assessment of the judicial agreement. The objective was to assess the effectiveness of the judicial agreement in achieving its objectives of reducing detention; to assess the performance of government authorities in fulfilling their judicial obligations; identify positive initiatives (good practices) and bottlenecks or gaps to be corrected; and to identify additional or alternative strategies that contribute to the achievement of the results of the judicial agreement. . . .

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