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The shocking truth of Australia’s Indigenous incarcerated

~ Gerry Georgatos 1 May 2018   ‘Gerry Georgatos explores the reasons behind Australia’s devastatingly high Indigenous imprisonment rate.

‘AS A PREDOMINATELY experiential researcher and journeyer to homeland communities,
and having worked for more than two decades alongside the incarcerated, homeless and suicide affected,
I have looked at the national prison population numbers during the last two decades,
and disaggregated an estimated minimum 100,000 of First Nations people having been to prison.
In comparing global data, it is the highest rate of racialised incarceration in the world.

‘More than 500,000 Australians still living have been to prison.
Therefore one in 50 Australians have been to prison. However,
of the 500,000, more than 100,000 are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders
— First Nations persons. Up to 120,000 have been to prison.
With more than 700,000 Australians identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander,
more than one in seven have been to prison.
From a racialised lens this is the world’s highest gaoling rate.
Australia’s First Nations peoples are gaoled at a higher rate than the Black American gaoling rate. … ‘Overall, the authentic pathway to significantly reduce offending and the prison population
are to lift people out of poverty,
to improve life circumstances.

‘More than one in three of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders
living below the poverty line have been to prison.

‘Nationally, one in seven Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders have been to prison,
one in three of those who live below the poverty line. … ‘  independentaustralia.net/australia/australia-display/-the-shocking-truth-of-australias-indigenous-incarcerated,11451

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May 2, 2018 - Posted by | General News

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