FOUNDING member of the Murri Court in Brisbane Uncle Albert Holt says the State Government will need to start building more prisons after it announced the closure of the indigenous, Drug and Special Circumstances courts.
He said the government had opened the flood gates to state jails with Aboriginal children already comprising around 70% of the prison population in Queensland, Western Australian and the Northern Territory.
"It is absolutely disgraceful for the elders who participated in the Murri Court," Mr Holt said.
"It's unacceptable the over representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system. We've got a lost generation just in our jails.
"The government didn't even have the decency to address the issue with the elders and I think that's abysmal."
Mr Holt helped found the Murri Court 11 years ago and represented indigenous offenders at the Richlands and Brisbane Magistrate Courts.
"We were successful in connecting with young people in the criminal justice system, and helping them to try and seek an alternative to incarceration," he said.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the decision to stop funding the Murri Court program was made because it was not working effectively.
"The Murri Court was not delivering consistent results and did not justify the amount being spent to keep it operating," he said.
"The program was not reducing imprisonment rates for indigenous offenders and has not stopped recidivism in the short term.
"This is because many offenders return to their communities where they are exposed to the same levels of unemployment and drug and alcohol use.
"We are making the hard decisions to cut government spending so we can stabilise the debt.
"The only alternative is to put up government fees and charges."
But in a statement to parliament Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann defended the role of the Murri Court, describing the move as disgraceful.
He said the cost to run the Murri Court bail program was a quarter of the cost of sending an offender to prison.
"During the hearings of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs in 2010-11 and onwards, which I chaired, we discovered that indigenous juveniles were 28 times more likely to be in detention than non-indigenous juveniles," he said.
- 3 Bedroom brick home - Split level - Tiled entry area - Separate lounge area - Air conditioned 2nd living area, adjacent to modern renovated kitchen and eating...
Vacant and ready for you now! Call the Agent now to meet you here anytime ! Discover the freshness and the light of your safe lifestyle and healthy deck...
Come and see our location and the lifestyle we have on offer! Lucky you! Don't judge a book by her cover !Your Character home reflects all the charm of your 12 ft...
Welcome to a very special home with a strong past, graceful presence and a secure future. Location is exceptional. 1860s Circa on two lots. Train Carriage retreat.
Character home with traditional charm so close to it all. Come and see our location and the lifestyle we have on offer! Lucky you! Yes vacant and ready for you to...
89 Robertson Road Raceview BRING THE CARAVAN Yes! There is space for all the family plus the Man Cave or Teenagers get away. Essential internal stairs. Three...
Presenting a home you will be proud to own. Yes rear yard access! Lowset, low maintenance, well respected Brick home on 708 M2. Come home, put your feet up and...
We will miss our family home. Proudly presenting a life's work only 12 mins to Ipswich. IN A SNAP SHOT. 15.46 acres of private land with views to the De Agular...
Exceptional opportunity to purchase a large modern home in the heart of Regents Park with everything you could wish for! This home affords you a warm welcome with...
With interest rates on hold at the current moment and rents rising more than home loan repayments. There is no better time to enter the property market than right...
Join the Community.
Get your local news, your way.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.