“The proportion of prisoners who are Indigenous varies across States and Territories. The Indigenous prisoner population in the Northern Territory comprises 84 per cent of the total prisoner population, while Victoria had the lowest proportion of Indigenous prisoners (6%). Notably in Western Australia in 2007, Indigenous Australians were 21 times more likely to be in prison than non-Indigenous Australians (see Figure 2) (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2007b).”
One in four prisoners are Indigenous: report
Thursday, 25 June 2009 National Indigenous Times
By Julian Drape
NATIONAL, June 25, 2009: One in four prisoners in Australia is Indigenous and their over-representation in the jail system is only getting worse, a new report states.
Aboriginal people are 13 times more likely to be locked up than other Australians, while the proportion of Indigenous women being incarcerated has tripled in the past 20-odd years.
Half of the 10- to 17-year-olds in corrective institutions are Indigenous.
“The fact is, every year it gets worse,” Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) executive director Gino Vumbaca said.
“The investment in prison cells is clearly flawed. It’s not working.
“If you build more prison cells, invariably you’ll fill them with more Indigenous people.”
The statistics are collated in the ANCD’s National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) report Bridges and Barriers – Addressing Indigenous Incarceration and Health.
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