Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people comprise 2.5 per cent of the Australian population and they make up 28% of the total prison population, that is an imprisonment rate 13 times higher than the non-indigenous rate. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are also 7.9 times more likely to be taken into police custody than non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and are 12 times more likely to be in community based correction programs.
The rates of incarceration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are worsening. Between 2001 and 2010, the imprisonment rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women increased by 59% and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men by 35%. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women now represent the fastest growing prison population in Australia with an increase of 20 per cent in the last 12 months alone.
What needs to happen?
ANTaR NSW is calling for
- A nationally co-ordinated response to address this crisis, specifically that the NSW Premier and the NSW Attorney General advocates through COAG mechanisms for the adoption of Justice Targets as part of the Closing the Gap framework.
- A plan for the implementation of Justice Reinvestment in NSW
Our Campaign Work
ANTaR NSW is an executive member of Just Reinvest NSW. Justice Reinvestment is a positive policy solution that aims to address the underlying causes of crime and improve outcomes for both individuals and communities. The policy diverts funds from the prison system into diversion and prevention practices that is informed by data and driven by community.