Monday, 14 May 2007

Australia: Aborigines comprise 25pc of jail population

A Bureau of Statistics report suggests Indigenous people were last year 13 times more likely than non-Indigenous people to have done time in prison.

The information on Indigenous law and justice finds Aboriginal people are over-represented in prisons and make up a quarter of jailed offenders.

A 2002 survey used in the bureau's report shows the biggest law and justice problem for Indigenous people is witnessing violence.

Other problems include suffering abuse or violent crime, trouble with the police and having a family member in jail.

The survey results show Indigenous people in remote areas are much more likely to face these issues.

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