What do Australian prison statistics reveal and female prisoners australia?
Recent statistics reveal that there has been a 30% increase in the number of Australians being sent to prison. The obvious question is why are more people being put in prison, especially when the number of committed crimes has decreased?
According to a government publication, the NSW Government is taking action to address the State’s growing prison population. However, it seems that there are a number of actions the government has taken that do not reflect our values of fairness.
What’s even more troubling is the disparity that exists when one analyzes the statistics. The number of women being imprisoned has increased substantially and disproportionately.
Australian prison population by race
The findings also revealed that Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islander people were between 12 and 16 times more likely to be imprisoned than the non-indigenous population. While non-indigenous Australians still represent the vast majority of those imprisoned, the aforementioned is a cause for grave concern.
Over-imprisonment of Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders
The Guardian reported that the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is “a national tragedy”. It’s easy to understand why “people are damaged by criminal justice systems”. The term Justice systems implies a fair system and yet all evidence points to the contrary. Is the Australian criminal ‘justice system’ really the antithesis of this term?