Yoorrook hears about increasing number of First Peoples on remand

In the year ending 2022, 89% of First Peoples in prison in Victoria were on remand, meaning they in custody but unsentenced.

Yoorrook heard that many of those on remand may not have received a custodial sentence if found guilty.

Most were refused bail due to changes to Victorian bail laws in 2018, which meant repeat non-violent offenders had to meet the same threshold for bail as those who committed serious crimes.

Government and Departmental Hearings Shorts

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Yoorrook recently completed a month of public hearings during which Commissioners questioned government ministers and senior bureaucrats about injustices against First Peoples in the criminal justice and child protection systems.

These historic hearings marked the first time an Aboriginal-led Royal Commission has publicly held to account the authorities that have exercised power over the lives of First Peoples for generations.

Throughout the hearings, government ministers and senior bureaucrats publicly reckoned with past and present injustice against First Peoples, in many cases responding to harrowing evidence given by Community members at previous Yoorrook hearings and in submissions to the Commission.  

You can view hearing videos, evidence, witness statements and transcripts.

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Child Protection System Government Hearing Videos

The focus of these hearings was on systemic injustice against First Peoples within the Child Protection System and opportunities for reform.
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Criminal Justice System Government Hearing Videos

The focus of the hearings was on systemic injustice against First Peoples within the Criminal Justice System and opportunities for reform.