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.
Indigenous Australians only make up 3% of total population. But make up a quarter of all adult prisoners.
More than 1 in every 3 female prisoners is Indigenous.
The current rates of Indigenous imprisonment cost the Australian economy $7.9 billion per year and rising.
If nothing is done indigenous incarceration will cost almost 20 Billion per year in 2040
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