Racism and the Criminal Justice System

The Wheeler Centre

Event Date: 
19 September 2019
Author / Presenters: 
Santilla Chingaipe, Fiona McLeod, Roxanne Moore, and Tamar Hopkins

For the next edition of our Not Racist, But series, we’ll discuss racial bias in the criminal justice system – from policing and legal aid to jury selection and sentencing.

Indigenous Australians account for just 2% of our country’s overall population and more than a quarter of our adult prison population. How, specifically, is this a function of explicit and structural racism across various facets of our enforcement and justice systems? And how are all non-white Australians – especially those from refugee backgrounds – disadvantaged when interacting with police and with the courts?

In this discussion, host Santilla Chingaipe and the panel will explore how racial discrimination and bias play out on a daily and inter-generational basis in Australia. We’ll look at racial data collection, too, and how sensationalist media reporting can skew perception, politics and policy.