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NCJ Number: 82778 Find in a Library
Title: Migrant Crime in Australia
Author(s): R D Francis
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 227
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Research Council
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Myer Foundation

University of Queensland Press
St Lucia, Queensland, Australia
Sale Source: University of Queensland Press
St Lucia, Queensland,
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Migrant involvement in crime and interaction with the police, courts, and corrections in Australia are examined, and possible unique factors associated with migrant crime are considered.
Abstract: Australia's changing immigrant program is outlined, and migrant crime studies overseas are reviewed. An examination of migrants and the law considers disadvantages and advantages of migrants in relation to the law, conflict between jurisdictions, political involvement of immigrants, the Migration Act, entry categories, and human rights. Following a general discussion of migrant contacts with the police, data on criminal charges at a metropolitan police station in New South Wales are examined. The chapter on migrants and the courts considers drug offenses, an experimental study of sentencing in lower courts, and higher court studies. Information from State prison records and data from a 1974 national prison survey are considered in the examination of migrants and prisons. Social deviance indicators and employment patterns are examined in relation to migrant crimes, along with cultural conflict. Finally, some untested hypotheses on migrant crime are outlined and assessed. Appended are some research techniques and problems along with tabular data. About 230 bibliographic listings and a subject index are provided.
Index Term(s): Australia; Crime Statistics; Cultural influences; Employment; Immigrants/Aliens; Inmate statistics
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