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Australian government slammed for “internationally embarrassing” rates of indigenous incarceration

20 Apr 2019

Photo credit: Lilly Beach, Badu Island in the Torres Strait (Under Creative Commons license), by Killer White Fluff on Flickr

A landmark report on “internationally embarrassing” rates of Indigenous incarceration that approved of Aboriginal-led solutions has been met with “deafening silence” since its release a year ago, according to a leading authority in Australia.

The Law Council of Australia slammed the government’s failure to respond to a comprehensive report into the “stark over-representation” of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australian prisons, according to a report by Emily Jane Smith published on The Feed website.

The Australian Law Reform Commission made extensive recommendations and said that Aboriginal-led solutions are essential and effective.

Indigenous men in Australia are 15 times more likely to be in custody than non-Indigenous men, while Indigenous women are 21 times more likely to be in jail.

Read the full article on The Feed by clicking here.

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