Posted on December 11, 2014 ABC News with Warren Barnsley
A First Nations legal organisation says a United Nations committee's call to review mandatory sentencing laws sends a strong message to Australia.
The UN Committee Against Torture has recommended Australia review the laws, with a view to abolishing them.
The laws apply to a range of offences, such as assault, domestic violence and alcohol-related incidents.
Priscilla Collins (pictured) from the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency says mandatory sentencing laws are a major factor in the over-representation of First Nations people in Australian jails.
Audio 1 - Priscilla Collins
The Federal Opposition's Indigenous affairs spokesperson, Shayne Neumann, says he agrees mandatory sentencing is a concern.