In March 2009 Western Australia's rate was 3,741. 'Prison diversion programs not meeting needs of Indigenous offenders', The Stringer 7/12/2013 According to the U.S. Justice Bureau, the African-American gaoling rate stands at 2,207 per 100,000. ... My statement to the UN #HRC41 about the high rates of incarceration of Aboriginal & … Would you be going to jail for any of these things: 48-year-old Marshall Wallace was given a 15-month prison sentence for a series of driving offences after being caught driving without a licence in Mount Isa. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over-incarceration cost the Australian economy an estimated A$7.9 billion in 2016. Michael shares why he believes prisoners reoffend at such high rates. The most common offences for non-Indigenous prisoners were Illicit drug offences (20%) and acts intended to cause injury (18%). 'Australia, the mother of all jailers of Aboriginal people', The Stringer 22/11/2013 Percentage of Aboriginal prisoners who are male. 'Packed prison sparks concern', Koori Mail 517 p.9 ''How many times does one person have to be tested? It got to the point where police knew me by my first name. [11]. [17] [45]. To put it more starkly, between June 2016-June 2017 the rate of incarceration per 100 000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders increased from 2346 to 2434 (or 4%), while the non-Indigenous imprisonment rate increased from 154 to 160 prisoners per 100,000 non-Indigenous population (or 4%). 'Freddo Frog case dropped', Koori Mail 465 p.11 by Sacha Kendall, Eileen Baldry, Elizabeth Sullivan, Juanita … Sold! Among the 980 young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2018, most were male (90%), aged 10–17 (84%), unsentenced (60%), and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (54%). 'Back to prison', ABC Radio National 18/5/2014 '4512.0 - Corrective Services, Australia, December Quarter 2019', Australian Bureau of Statistics 12/3/2020 [21] More than 30% of all Australian Aboriginal males come before Corrective Services. In 2012, up to 80% of all inmates in Australia suffered some form of mental illness. 'Climate of Death - justice denied means more will die', Gerry Georgatos, 29/9/2012, email [15] 'Terminally ill Indigenous man freed from Queensland custody after Minister intervenes', ABC News 10/5/2017 This series was developed in partnership with … He is 31 years old and from a community where the average life expectancy for a man is 37. So there’s a lot of factors that need to be addressed to make a big impact in this climate, and to change this overwhelming and shockingly disproportionate rates of my people that are entrenched in the child protection and justice system,” he said. — Andreas. In 2019, the Australian Medical Association reported that around 600 children below the age of 14 are prisoners in youth detention each year, and 70 percent of them are Aboriginal or Islander children. [7] [20] '4512.0 - Corrective Services, Australia, December quarter 2017' Australian Bureau of Statistics, 15/3/2018, retrieved 7/5/2018 To understand these high rates, one must know Aboriginal history. NIT 30/10/2008 p.26 citing The Australian [4] [14a] It's a symbol of how we need to change details of what we know to understand not only Aboriginal culture, but Aboriginal viewpoints. “First jailed at 12 years of age for a six week stint, Mr Bugmy’s life thereafter shows the destructive effect of prison on people, families and communities,” says Solicitor Stephen Lawrence. The homicide rate for Indigenous men has been increasing consistently since 2014. Stop feeling bad about not knowing. [27d] Disproportionate incarceration rate. The 2016 Census Aboriginal Community Portrait Series presents 2016 Census of Population information for First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in a visual and accessible way. … The national average daily Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment rate is 2,440 persons per 100,000 adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. Annual cost of Aboriginal overrepresentation in Australian prisons in 2019. Creative Spirits acknowledges Country and the Gadigal people of the Eora nation as the true custodians of the land on which it operates. This is no ordinary resource: It includes a fictional story, quizzes, crosswords and even a treasure hunt. [19] [34], Michael Woodhead is a non-Aboriginal journalist whose young son in 2019 served a 4-year prison sentence for a first-time drug offence. [34] [5a] [29], Perth based academic, prison reform advocate and restorative justice specialist Dr Brian Steels suggests that Western Australia's high prison rates could be related to the "frontier mentality" of police or racism. Percentage by which imprisonment rates increased for Aboriginal women between 2000 and 2010; for Aboriginal men: 35.2%, non-Aboriginal women: 22.4%, non-Aboriginal men: 3.6%. NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs In December 2019 the rate was 2,536 prisoners per 100,000 adult Aboriginal population, compared to 218 prisoners per 100,000 non-Aboriginal population. 'Wonder why prisoners re-offend? [28a] “Indigenous people are released much later in their sentences than non-Aboriginal, most of them at statutory release, which means two-thirds of their sentence,” he said. They range from spiritual …. 'The preventable scandal of Aboriginal incarceration', IN Daily (Adelaide) 3/12/2015 Understand better. This site uses cookies to personalise your experience. [41] [7a] 'WA 'high achiever' - for locking up people', Koori Mail 455 p.10 Times Aboriginal drivers in WA receive fines more often from being pulled over than non-Aboriginal drivers. According to the memo, which has subsequently been circulated to a parliamentary committee investigating high rates of Aboriginal incarceration in NSW, the LECC’s analysis found 40% of people subject to consorting laws in NSW between February 2019 and June 2020 were Indigenous. This article is more than 2 months old. The official data show incarceration rates of Indigenous people have doubled since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody 25 … The hearings are taking place in the same week that NSW coroners investigate two Aboriginal deaths in custody: 36-year-old Anaiwan man Nathan Reynolds, who died of an untreated asthma attack in prison in 2018, and 43-year-old Dwayne Johnstone, who was shot while handcuffed in custody on a Lismore street in 2019. 'We must look to our humanity to solve the crisis of Indigenous incarceration', The Guardian 22/1/2015 [12]. [1c] Jailing Aboriginal people in such large numbers has numerous effects on their communities. [12d] 56% of released prisoners in NSW reoffend and reenter jail within two years. Over the 4-year period, the number of young people in detention rose, though rates … In comparison, the rate for non-Aboriginal prisoners increased from 122 to 154 per 100,000 adult non-Aboriginal population. So jails and mental institutions are full of our people. Read more Aboriginal poetry. The imprisonment of Aboriginal peoples skyrocketed from 1 in 7 of all prisoners in 1992 to 1 in 4 in 2012, and to nearly 1 in 3 in 2014. '', SMH 28/7/2019 'First time in 30 years - Considering Aboriginality in Sentencing', Aboriginal Legal Service, media release 2/8/2013 2 Contents ... rate of Indigenous incarceration increase by an astonishing 45% between 2008 and 2018, for example? The article focuses on NSW prisons. On an average day in 2017-18, unsentenced (remanded) prisoners accounted for 38.0% of Aboriginal men and approximately 31% of non-Aboriginal men in prison. We are at a state of emergency, we can't afford any more experiment. [14] 28 Jun 2019 - 5:00 PM UPDATED 28 Jun 2019 - 5:00 PM. [22] It took a petition attracting 17,000 signatures, pressure from the public, media and lawyers, and the Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion writing a letter to the Queensland Premier asking to support early parole for Mr Wallace, to release him from jail. 'Inquiry reveals huge jail rates', Koori Mail 474 p.11 compared to just 50% in 2003. [1a] The parliamentary inquiry has been set up to look into “the unacceptably high level” of Aboriginal people in custody, the suitability of the organisations that investigate deaths, and how they could be improved. [44] [2b] [21] Aboriginal-sensi…, Despite sweeping reforms by the Keating government following the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, the…, Experts and reports proposed numerous measures to reduce incarceration rates of Aboriginal people. [2c] Aboriginal singer Vic Simms sung his way out of Bathurst Jail. [56a] '4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2016', Australian Bureau of Statistics, 8/12/2016, retrieved 28/3/2017 The largest movements by offence/charge were: Acts intended to cause injury, up 4% (148) Robbery/extortion, up 10% (98) Sexual assault and related offences, up 8% (78) Unlawful entry with intent, down 5% (74). With high levels of alcohol and substance abuse, lack of services of any kind, high unemployment rates, low levels of education and child abuse it is no surprise that there is a high rate of reoffending. Keenan Mundine, the cofounder of Deadly Connections, a nonprofit that works with Aboriginal youth, told the inquiry of his personal experience of being harassed and beaten by police as a youth. In 2016, around 20 in every 1,000 Aboriginal and … 'WA's high jail rate in spotlight', Koori Mail 490 p.16 A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry into the high rate of Aboriginal incarceration has been told that “it starts young”, with disproportionate rates of young Aboriginal children entering the justice system directly from out of home care. From 30 June 2019 to 30 June 2020, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male prisoners increased by 2% (253) to 10,963. Case Study: Read how swearing at police can not only land you in prison but also cost your life. [10a] Since 1989, the imprisonment rate of Aboriginal people has increased 12 times faster than the rate for non-Aboriginal people. Earlier, the Change the Record coalition – representing national justice groups working to end the disproportionate incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – reiterated its call to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 years old to at least 14. [12c] Summary 93 . I've spoken to somebody who was arrested because he stole a [piece of] fruit. Of Aboriginal people aged 19 to 20 years who have been to prison, more than 60% reoffend. 'Incarcerations: The sad truth', Koori Mail 504 p.27 It offers key statistics and case studies on its website. [5], The lack of housing and support women receive upon release contributes to the high levels of re-offending. [36] To reduce soaring Aboriginal prison rates it is essential to invest in psycho-social healing, counselling, empowerment, education and rehabilitation.. As with many programs designed to 'cure' Aboriginal issues, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. [28], "Research indicates that time in a juvenile justice centre is the most significant factor in increasing the odds of recidivism [reoffending]," says Father Chris Riley, founder of Youth off the Streets. Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. [7]. Same rate for Aboriginal women: 0.6%; for African-American women in the US: 0.5%. 'Melbourne pensioner reveals why he paid jailed WA mum’s fines', NITV News 4/10/2017 'Waiting for action', Koori Mail 487 p.10, Korff, J 2020, Aboriginal prison rates, , retrieved 11 January 2021. [2d] Mundine said Deadly Connections works with Aboriginal people, families and communities experiencing the intersection of the child protection and justice systems, to keep young people out of detention. ''I realised I never was able to help one child': where the justice system fails', The Guardian Australia 21/2/2017 They become self-protective and self-preserving. [27] The number of Aboriginal women in prison is a major public health issue accounting for 33% of the female prison population, but only 3% of the Australian female population. [27a] [21a] [41a] The committee will hold further hearings in early December. 'World Prison Population List', 11th Edition, World Prison Brief, 2/2/2016, retrieved 28/3/2017 We need to be clear, when they talk about 'tough on crime' they mean 'tough on Aboriginal people'. In 2017, there was a 32% increase in the rate of homicides for Indigenous women victims (4.22 per 100,000 Indigenous women) from the previous year. Yet, as the yellow line shows, Aboriginal people make up less than 5% of each state's population except for the Northern Territory where they account for 31.6%. Join a new generation of Australians! [9a] For example, it prevents elders passing down traditional knowledge to the next generation. Source: reproduced from Kelly-Anne Stewart (2019). An Aboriginal man's death becomes the most prolonged investigation in the criminal justice system for an Indigenous community. And if that’s not adequate enough, what resources do you turn to? [27c] [34a] [12b] [16c] 'Taking our rightful place', statement by Wadjularbinna Nullyarimma, 8/1/2002 Koori Mail 390 p.68 Australia is now facing an Indigenous incarceration epidemic. In December 2019, the Indigenous incarceration rate was 2,536 prisoners per 100,000 adults in the Aboriginal population, compared to 218 prisoners per 100,000 … Here's my son's story', SMH 26/4/2019. Tweet. One that’s dependent on welfare and government housing. [51] You have government departments who say, 'just lock them up. [28], A parliamentary report in 2010 found the rate of Aboriginal people jailed per 100,000 people in Western Australia was 2,483, while the figure for African Americans in the United States is 2,290 [28]. “There is a lot of research and statistics in these submissions [to the inquiry] but there is not a lot of research that prison actually works,” Mundine said. Speed-camera-issued fines are even. Since 1989, the imprisonment rate of Aboriginal people has increased 12 times faster than the rate for non-Aboriginal people. High rate of Aboriginal incarceration 'starts young', NSW inquiry hears. [30] And another one who was [arrested for] sleeping in the trash bin. Up to 93% of Aborigi…, Prisons need to cater for specific cultural needs of their Aboriginal inmates and avoid 'structural racism'. Many factors work together and some of them include the following: [38]. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures are a 'moment in time' measurement, yet many prisoners are in and out of prison more than once per year, making the numbers published by the ABS almost certainly wrong. Make it fun to know better. Percentage by which the number of Aboriginal people in prison in NSW increased between 2013 and 2020. [53] [38] [23] [32] In Western Australia, 80% of jailed Aboriginal male juveniles, 64% of Aboriginal female juveniles and 70% of adult Aboriginal males reoffend. High rate of Aboriginal incarceration 'starts young', NSW inquiry hears. [16] * Per 100,000 of national population; sources: [24], ** [25], *** [26]. He does not read or write. 'Stop reporting and start doing, lawyers tell NSW inquiry into 'inhumane' Indigenous incarceration', The Guardian 26/10/2020 [6] Times Aboriginal women are more likely to be in prison than non-Aboriginal women. Nathan Reynolds did not receive asthma assessment despite prison nurse recommendation. [22] No wonder that 90% of all Aboriginal prisoners are male. He self-harms. 5. [5] [27], Looking after prisoner's mental health is key to cutting recidivism. [1] In 2016, around 20 in every 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were incarcerated. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult imprisonment rates increased by 72% between 2000 and 2019. How can we reduce Aboriginal incarceration rates? The Change the Record campaign aims to close the gap in imprisonment rates by 2040. Percentage of Aboriginal prisoners who have been in prison before; percentage for non-Aboriginal prisoners: 50%. 'Black sentences soar as juvenile jails become a 'storing house'', The Australian 5/1/2013 with our national incarceration rate above the global average in every jurisdiction except the ACT. [33] [3] [16b] ... who was shot while handcuffed in custody on a Lismore street in 2019. The Productivity Commission has released the most comprehensive overview on the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage 2020 report. “When you enter at 10 or 14 and have a criminal record, what future do you have? [1b] [8a] [11a] Mundine lost both parents at a young age and was placed in out of home care, separated from his siblings. If you continue using the site, you indicate that you are happy to receive cookies from this website. [42] What you cannot get away from is that the rate of Indigenous imprisonment in Western Australia is far greater than anywhere else in the country and indeed it compares with the worst rates of imprisonment, of African Americans in the United States. He has never had an adult birthday in the community. 'A stolen generation of our young in detention', Sun Herald 22/8/2010 Recommendations of the Royal Commission Into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody were cherry-picked for those that could be accepted without too much change occurring [46]. 'United Nations 'appalled' at Indigenous youth detention and living conditions', SMH 3/4/2017 ''Independent inquiry needed' into South Hedland police lockup death', SMH 28/9/2014 Casting Indigenous Australians as a negative and despised form of 'other' explains how we can tolerate or completely ignore such dreadful incarceration rates. 'Kevin Rudd warns of the emergence of a new stolen generation', SMH 13/2/2015 [35]. [56] Rates of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have increased by 40% in the decade since the CTG framework to reduce health inequity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians has been in place, from 1,524.4 per 100,000 in 2008 to 2,141.6 in 2017. [47] Why has everything done in the past failed to fix things, and in fact probably ... Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Queensland’s Public Hospital and Health Get key foundational knowledge about Aboriginal culture in a fun and engaging way. And that female incarceration rates are at 38 per cent. [31a] [48] that will solve the problem'. Number of reports that have been written on Aboriginal prison rates over several decades. When I was released from custody they would drive past and say, “are you back at it again?”, “I don’t see other families and communities being terrorised like this.”. “They are in higher security typically. [12a] 'Decades of driver disqualification finally driving Government to action', Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT), email 3/3/2011 In comparison, the homicide rate for Indigenous men (13.40 per 100,000 Indigenous men) increased by 2% in 2017. 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