Aboriginal incarceration rates, their problem, or ours?

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This is directed to Mr. Nigel Scullion, the minister for indigenous affairs.

Aboriginals should have the right to not be judged by people and put into jail for no logical reason. The government should think about all the aboriginals, who don’t get a fair trial and are accused for no reason. These people go to jail for many reasons, firstly the number of indigenous Australians who are in custody has increased by 88% rather than non-aboriginals who has increased by 28%. Those aboriginals do not get a fair trial, due to where they come from and what colour they are. These are unnecessary reasons for people to be in jail, and there are many ways that people can help others in this situation. These solutions can help indigenous people who are in jail or mentally unstable after jail and those solutions are, spiritual programs will help aboriginals as it will make them stronger mentally and can go back to their families without any mental problems they are dealing with, and we can help them strengthen connections with family and friends. Community empowerment can help towards aboriginals as it helps them from getting accused by others for no reason, as they have witnesses to projected them.

Since the beginning of British colonialized Australia, the first nation population has been degraded and cast as second-class citizens, and that continues into todays world. While the minority population of aboriginal people represent a mere 3% of the total population of Australia, more than 28% of the Australian prison population are indigenous. It doesn’t quite add up, right?

You may be asking, why are aboriginal prison rates so high? There are multiple factors to the high incarceration rate one factor being the stolen generation. During the time period of 1910-1970 many indigenous children were forcibly stolen from their families, ironically as a result from multiple government policies. Now the problem is in the government’s hands. Other factors include disconnection from land, police behaviour, social and economic situation, foetal alcohol syndrome, people’s attitude and inadequate legal representation.

Some may argue that the system is fair and unbiased but is it just that aboriginal people have a 14.8% greater chance to be imprisoned than non-aboriginal people. Between the year 2000 and 2010 Australia has seen the imprisonment rates increase by 58.6%, 35.2% of which, being aboriginal men and 22.4% being aboriginal women. This number is only increasing and will only get worse if the current system remains. It is vital for the future of not only the first nation population but the entire population of Australia that this emergency is tackled head on to ensure a brighter future for our country.

You should be asking yourself, is this simply a problem within the aboriginal community, or is it a matter to be dealt with by the nation.  Nigel Scullion the original people of this country desperately need your help, will you support them?

References

Abs.gov.au. (2018). 4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2016. [online] Available at: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/4517.0~2016~Main%20Features~Imprisonment%20rates~12 [Accessed 20 Mar. 2018].

Amnesty International Australia. (2018). Indigenous justice - Amnesty International Australia. [online] Available at: https://www.amnesty.org.au/campaigns/indigenous-justice/?cn=trd&mc=click&pli=23501504&PluID=0&ord={timestamp}&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5q6l-vf52QIV1xO9Ch1VyAVQEAAYASAAEgLFtPD_BwE [Accessed 20 Mar. 2018].

Humanrights.gov.au. (2018). Racial Vilification Law in Australia | Australian Human Rights Commission. [online] Available at: https://www.humanrights.gov.au/publications/racial-vilification-law-australia [Accessed 20 Mar. 2018].

Jens Korff, C. (2018). Aboriginal prison rates. [online] Creative Spirits. Available at: https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/law/aboriginal-prison-rates [Accessed 20 Mar. 2018].

Ministers.pmc.gov.au. (2018). Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion | Ministers Media Centre. [online] Available at: https://ministers.pmc.gov.au/scullion [Accessed 20 Mar. 2018].

Jens Korff, C. (2017). Aboriginal prison rates. [online] Creative Spirits. Available at: https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/law/aboriginal-prison-rates [Accessed 20 Mar. 2018].

 

Abs.gov.au. (2018). 4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2016. [online] Available at: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/4517.0~2016~Main%20Features~Aboriginal%20and%20Torres%20Strait%20Islander%20prisoner%20characteristics~5 [Accessed 20 Mar. 2018].

 

Jens Korff, C. (2017). 12 ways to reduce Aboriginal incarceration rates. [online] Creative Spirits. Available at: https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/law/reducing-aboriginal-incarceration-rates [Accessed 20 Mar. 2018].

 

Krieg, A. (2006). Aboriginal incarceration: health and social impacts. The Medical Journal of Australia, [online] 184(10), pp.534-536. Available at: https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2006/184/10/aboriginal-incarceration-health-and-social-impacts [Accessed 20 Mar. 2018].

 

 



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