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Indigenous prison crisis under investigation

Indigenous prison crisis under investigation

By ALRC

Discrimination Women's Rights 


Alarming rates of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women will be a focus of the inquiry. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people constitute only 2 per cent of the Australian adult population, but 27 per cent of the adult prison population. The rate of Indigenous incarceration has doubled since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody report was released in 1991. Across the states and territories, incarceration rates of Indigenous people vary. Comparatively, Victoria appears to be doing better than other jurisdictions. It has the lowest rate of Indigenous incarceration, at 8 per cent. The Northern Territory, at the highest end, has a rate of 84 per cent. When compared to the percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the state (projected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to be 1 per cent in Victoria and 30 per cent in the NT) Victoria still has the least disparity, with a 7 per cent differential, compared to a differential of 54 per cent in the NT.

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