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23 September 2016
Justice reinvestment offers chance to cut number of indigenous inmates
No matter which way you look at it, indigenous imprisonment represents a national crisis. New approaches urgently are needed and the promising reports of the Bourke justice reinvestment trial offer a glimmer of hope.
Indigenous Australians represent 2.5 per cent of the population and 27 per cent of prisoners. About half of those behind bars are there for nonviolent offences, including driving offences, property offences and breaches of court orders. But we know those who have spent significant time in jail have a far greater propensity for violent crime on release.