Understanding Crime and Justice in Torres Strait Islander Communities

  • John Scott
  • James Morton


Questions of race and crime in Australia largely revolve around indigenous peoples. Australian criminologists cannot escape racial terminology which divides the population into groupings and largely ignores the complex ways in which Indigenous justice is experienced and practiced in diverse contexts. While there has been much research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) crime and justice, previous research draws exclusively on mainland peoples who are culturally distinct from Torres Strait Islander peoples. Further, as a distinct setting, the Torres Strait Islands offer a unique opportunity to observe how justice is practiced in remote contexts. Drawing on statistical data from the Torres Strait Region, we argue that relatively low crime rates in the region may be linked to numerous indicators of social capital in the region.


Indigenous Aboriginal Torres Strait Islanders Torres Strait Islands Race Racism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Scott
    • 1
  • James Morton
    • 2
  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Queensland MagistrateMount IsaBrisbaneAustralia

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