Law Society NT supports Change the Record Campaign
The Law Society Northern Territory (the Society) is proud to support the "Change the Record" campaign (Campaign), an initiative of the National Justice Coalition aimed to end the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the justice system.
Society President Tass Liveris said, "the Northern Territory has the highest rate of indigenous imprisonment in the country and indigenous people are significantly over-represented in the wider justice system. The statistics are alarming and identify a clear need for urgent action.".
The Campaign is calling for governments at all levels to address the root causes of violence and imprisonment within the indigenous community by working in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities, services and their representatives. The Campaign lists 12 evidence-based and cost-effective solutions that invest in early intervention, prevention and diversion strategies.
"The Campaign outlines a new, strategic approach to stem the constantly rising imprisonment rates and incidences of violence and domestic violence, curtail re-offending rates and build stronger communities. By working together to invest in holistic strategies, we can help change this cycle of disadvantage" Mr Liveris said.
Visit https://changetherecord.org.au/ for more information.