COMMUNITY CONSULTATION SURVEY

The Australian Government has released a Discussion Paper on the rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in jail. 
 
We know the rates are way too high.  The ALS wants to hear from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community across NSW and the ACT about what you think of the jail rates, what can be done to reduce the number of our mob in jail, and your feedback on what is working or not working in your community.
 
 

* 3. To help us better understand who is completing this survey, please tick your gender.

* 4. How important is the Aboriginal Legal Service in your community?
=1 Star being Least Important and 5 Stars being Most Important

* 5. Do you think special sentencing courts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people like the Circle Courts in NSW or the Koori Courts in Victoria are better than ordinary courts? If yes, please can you tell us why you think they are better?

* 6. Prisons have programs designed to address known causes of offending such as drug and alcohol abuse, literacy problems and lack of vocational skills.  Do you think there is a need for more prison/diversion programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners on remand or serving short sentences?

* 7. Do you know of any prison programs that you think are working well to address offending behaviour? If yes, can you please tell us what they are and why?

* 8. What in your view are some of the problems with prison programs that are not working well?

* 9. Do you think there is a need for prison programs designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women? Can you please tell us why?

* 10. Do you know of any prison programs designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women that are working well? If so, can you please tell us what you know?

* 11. What IS working well between police and your community?  Can you please tell us what and why?

* 12. What is NOT working well between police and your community?  Can you please tell us what and why?

* 13. How can police better understand the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities?

* 14. What are some ideas on how police can work better with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to reduce family violence?

* 15. Should police publicly report on their programs, strategies and outcomes with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to prevent crime?

* 16. Should all police have a reconciliation action plan?

* 17. Should police resource and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment strategies?

* 18. In some places it is hard to get a driver's licence.  If there was a special regional driver permit scheme to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people get driver's licences how would you suggest setting this up and how should it operate?

* 19. How can existing driver's licence programs in regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities be improved?

* 20. Closing the Gap sets targets across the areas of health, education and employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at a national level.  Should the government also have justice targets as part of the Closing the Gap policy? If you say yes, please can you explain why and what could they be?

* 21. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.  Do you have anything else you would like to tell us about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over-representation in the justice system or any other issue?

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