Where we are up to
This project is being undertaken internally within the Koori Justice Unit. This project comprises a literature and services review and consultations with Aboriginal women in custody and service providers (legal and other support services) to inform the development of a cultural and gender appropriate bail support program. The literature and services review are almost complete.
A range of consultations have been undertaken with Aboriginal women in custody and service providers to identify what services are being utilised, where the gaps are, and what cultural and gender specific support is needed for Aboriginal women to obtain and complete bail orders and avoid being remanded in custody. There is a small amount of ongoing program funding for this project. The final report is due in December 2020.
Aboriginal women are vastly over-represented in prison. The bail project will Inform the development and implementation of cultural and gender specific supports for Aboriginal women involved in the correctional system to obtain bail and avoid remand. The research will examine current services on offer and identify any gaps in service provision, before making recommendations on the best approach moving forward.