The over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is a growing national crisis that is being overlooked by all levels of government in Australia, the Human Rights Law Centre and Change the Record say in this new report.
The imprisonment rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women has skyrocketed nearly 250% since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women make up around 34% of the female prison population but only 2% of the adult female population.
The report calls for system-wide change and outlines eighteen recommendations to redress racialised and gendered justice system outcomes.
Change the Record Coalition and Human Rights Law Centre 2017