On top of this, the Aboriginal community is grossly over-represented in Australia’s criminal justice system. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults make up over 27 per cent of the national prison population, but only two per cent of the national population.
We explored this injustice in an episode of The Quicky, Mamamia’s daily news podcast, earlier this year. Post continues after audio.
In 2018, an inquiry by the Australian Law Reform Commission found that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were 12.5 times more likely to be in prison than non-Indigenous people. They described the over-representation of Indigenous Australians in our prisons as a “persistent and growing problem” and a “national disgrace”.
On Saturday, national rallies saw tens of thousands of people march across cities as they waved signs in the air that highlighted these systemic…