Twenty-five thousand dollars in funding was announced today (12 September) to develop a new recidivism reduction program for Indigenous youth and young adults.
Announced by Attorney-General Robert McClelland, the new initiative called 'Murri Murati' is being run through the Indigenous Justice Program for First Contact Aboriginal Corporation [First Contact], using the $25,000 in funding to develop fully scoped business proposal to accompany First Contact's existing activities.
McClelland said the new program would help to address recommendation 31 of the Doing Time - Time for Doing report by specifically targeting Indigenous youth and young adults in the areas of accommodation, education, treatment programs and social networks.
"The three-month residential program for Indigenous male youth will include life skills, leadership, development, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and case management," said McClelland.
The Government has also funded First Contact's 'Urban Trax' program since 2001, which has diverted Indigenous youth from adverse contact with the criminal justice system through sporting programs and case management plans to develop their self esteem and place them on educational, vocational and employment paths.