Australian Indigenous People in Prison


Australian indigenous people make up 3% of the total population, but almost 30% of the prison population.

This is the highest indigenous imprisonment rate in the world.

They are being imprisoned faster than South Africans during Apartheid were.

This report puts the total Indigenous prison population at about 24%; 28.6% of Indigenous adults in New South Wales have been charged with criminal offences. In 2008, Indigenous adults in Western Australia were “20 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Indigenous people. This was the highest age standardized ratio in Australia.”

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