Warlpiri Kurdiji elders in Lajamanu are writing background letters for local people who have found their way onto the criminal court list – and fighting the disproportionate incarceration of Indigenous people.
“A 2014 paper published in the Australian Indigenous Law Review showed that since Lajamanu’s Kurdiji Group took a leading role on justice matters in 1996, there was around a 50 per cent decrease in criminal cases.
This included matters like stealing and assault.
Elsewhere in the Northern Territory, imprisonment rates increased by 72 per cent over the past decade.
Kurdiji member Peter Jigili explained that the group’s namesake was fitting, because in their language of Warlpiri, kurdiji translated to ‘shield’.”
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