Thursday, 11 July 2013

Australia's culture of incarceration has gone too far

"Nevertheless, Australia is locking up more people than ever before. Too often, time behind bars is a first, rather than last, resort – particularly with Indigenous youth. Less than 3% of Australians identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, but Indigenous Australians make up more than a quarter of the nation's prison population. They are among the most imprisoned people groups in the world. In fact, an Indigenous person is more likely to be returned to prison than they are to stay in high school or university. This is a national disgrace."

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