From ABC news online:
‘Lawyers speak out on high Indigenous jail rate’
‘The Australian Lawyers Alliance says governments are to blame for high rates of Indigenous imprisonment.
A Productivity Commission report released today shows Indigenous people are incarcerated at 14 times the rate of other Australians.
The report also found the imprisonment rate for Indigenous women has increased by 60 per cent in the last decade.
Alliance national president Greg Barns says state and territory governments need to focus more on preventing crime.
“In Western Australia, in the Northern Territory, in Queensland, most states of Australia, we have seen a law and order push by elements of the media and some members of the community, driven by conservative politicians,” he said.
“It has meant locking up more and more people.
“It is unconscionable for a country to have so many people of one particular race or ethnic group in prison at those rates.”