Indigenous Australians are dramatically over-represented in Australia’s criminal justice system. The gap between the rates of Indigenous incarceration and non-Indigenous incarceration is fundamentally unfair.

The high numbers of Indigenous people in prison has consequences for virtually all Indigenous people. This impacts on the individuals who are incarcerated, as well as their families and communities. Children with a parent in prison are particularly vulnerable, increasing their risk of contact with the justice system later in life. As well as the human impact, high incarceration rates impact significantly on the Australian economy. The current approach will not make our communities safer in the long-term. There is a better way, we need to invest in the underlying reasons people come into contact with the justice system in the first place.

We are calling for action to address this unfair, unsafe and unaffordable situation.


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