Through community consultation, Project 10% has identified actions in five key areas to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment in Queensland:
1. At risk groups, including young people
- Leadership from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in working out solutions for their unique situations
- An urgent focus on maternal health, early childhood development, child safety, and support for families and young people
- Resources to support 'at risk' individuals, increase their resilience, support culture and strengthen families and communities to improve community well being
- Reducing time in remand would reduce imprisonment at a stroke, would cost less than paying for people in prison, and with effective services would also help general community life.
- Townsville community meeting, 2010
2. Contact with police
- Will and action to change the culture of policing to develop positive policing that builds trust and mutual respect as an investment towards a strong, healthy community
- Increased accountability in policing, justice and correctional services, supported by ongoing cultural education across the public sector
- Support Elders and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in teaching culture and traditional law
3. Remand and sentencing
- Change bail conditions and/or provide housing for homeless and transient men, women and young people.
- Reform charging and court procedures to radically shorten remand times.
- Appropriate treatment for people with mental health problems who come into contact with the justice system
- Mental health is a major factor in increasing imprisonment, since de-institutionalisation. Prisons may detox inmates, but not rehabilitate them.
- Rockhampton community meeting, 2010
4. In-prison programs
- Support for culturally relevant programs that are shown to be successful
- Individual programs based on enabling each prisoner to reintegrate into society on release
5. Post-release support
- Sufficient supported accommodation for people to readjust to life outside and become functioning members of society
- Increased support for Elders, Justice Groups and community organisations to help people reintegrate into society and reduce the risk of re-offending
- Increase cultural and healing programs for postrelease prisoners to benefit from alcohol and drug rehabilitation for prisoners post-release