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In the twenty-six years since the report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was tabled in the Parliament of Australia, the proportion of the prison population that is Indigenous has doubled.

Indigenous Australians are dramatically over-represented in the criminal justice system, in each state and territory. While Indigenous people represent only 3 per cent of Australia’s total population, they make up more than 27 per cent of our prison population and 55 per cent of the youth detention population.

This gap between the rates of Indigenous incarceration and non-Indigenous incarceration is fundamentally unfair. This report calls for action to address this unfair, unsafe and unaffordable situation.

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