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Australian corrections: the imprisonment of indigenous people

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 137

Carlos Carcach, Anna Grant and Rowena Conroy
ISBN 0 642 24137 6 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, November 1999


This paper examines trends and characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners during the ten years from 1988 to 1998. It examines trends in indigenous imprisonment, analyses the major features of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prison populations and their changes over the 10 year period, and compares the characteristics of indigenous and non indigenous prison populations in terms of demographic composition, legal status, most serious offence leading to imprisonment, sentences imposed by courts and time spent in prison.