Aborigines make up 29% of Oz’s prisoners, yet only 3% of its population

‘Political will and strong leadership seem to be missing in enacting 30-year-old report into jailed indigenous people’

15 April 2021 - 19:23 By Melanie Burton

Aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia and high incarceration rates came under a harsh spotlight from indigenous groups and policymakers on Thursday as they marked the 30th anniversary of a report on an issue that has become a source of national shame.

Aboriginal people make up about 3% of Australia’s population, but about 29% of its prison population, up from 14% when the Royal Commission report came out in 1991...

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