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The over-representation of indigenous people in custody in Australia

ISSN: 
0817-8542

Abstract

The rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration are compared with those of non indigenous people in juvenile institutions, police lockups and adult prisons. The authors explore the principal reasons for the high levels of imprisonment for indigenous people by linking these statistics with data on offence type, sentencing, and employment and educational background. They also use demographic projections to forecast the number of indigenous people in prison by 2011.

Cite article

Walker J & McDonald D. 1995. The over-representation of indigenous people in custody in Australia. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice No. 47. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi47