Aboriginal future locked up by spiralling incarceration figures | Law

Aboriginal future locked up by spiralling incarceration figures

Professor Chris Cunneen comments in The Saturday Paper (23 May 2015) on the impact of the ever-rising incarceration levels of Indigenous people in remote and regional communities on the future generations. 

“Incarceration becomes a model for children,” says Cunneen, whose own research famously found that Australia is better at keeping Aboriginal people in detention than at school or university.

“The data shows that Aboriginal young people [in custody] are younger, more likely to have been in care … to already be parents themselves and were more than twice as likely to have had a parent imprisoned,” he says.

Professor Chris Cunneen is part of a team writing a book making the case for “justice reinvestment”, which aims to cut detention rates so that the money can go back into the communities to tackle the root problems that lead to incarceration.

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