Synopses & Reviews
Despite sweeping reforms by the Keating government following the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, the rate of Indigenous imprisonment has soared. What has gone wrong? In Arresting Incarceration, Don Weatherburn charts the events that led to Royal Commission. He also argues that past efforts to reduce the number of Aboriginal Australians in prison have failed to adequately address the underlying causes of Indigenous involvement in violent crime: namely, drug and alcohol abuse, child neglect and abuse, poor school performance, and unemployment.
About the Author
Don Weatherburn has been the director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research since 1988. He was awarded a Public Service Medal in 1998 and made a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2006. He is the author of two books and more than 180 articles, book chapters, and reports on crime and criminal justice.