The Relevance of Aboriginality in Sentencing in the Australian Capital Territory: Missed Opportunities and the Potential of Pre-Sentence Reports

Christina Lewis, Anthony Hopkins, Lorana Bartels

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the way in which Aboriginality is taken into account in the sentencing process to shed light on an offender's background, reasons for offending and prospects for rehabilitation. It examines the approach taken by courts in the ACT and the impact of pre-sentence reports and pre-sentence report writers. The paper concludes that pre-sentence report writers are in a unique position to explore and illuminate the relevance of postcolonial Aboriginal Identity to the sentencing process. And, that this exploration and illumination should be undertaken in the interests of ensuring equal justice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages2pp
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventJustice Connections II Symposium - Canberra, Australia, Australia
    Duration: 1 Jan 2015 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceJustice Connections II Symposium
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Period1/01/15 → …
    OtherNovember 30 2013

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