Justice Reform

Smarter Justice, Safer Communities

The rates at which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children are being imprisoned has reached a crisis point.

In the past decade the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ending up in prison has almost double, and on average they are jailed at 13 times the rate of non-Indigenous people. The rates of imprisonment for women and children are even higher.

This is why Oxfam Australia has joined forces with national and State-based coalitions to campaign for policy change to support communities and cut these horrific rates of incarceration. Oxfam is a founding member of the Change the Record campaign launched in 2015. We also actively support Just Reinvest NSW and Social Reinvestment Western Australia, two State-based coalitions dedicated to pursuing law reform while supporting justice reinvestment trials.

Tragically, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have become the most incarcerated people in the world.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can change the record.

That’s why Oxfam is supporting these smarter strategies that involve a whole of government strategy—working in partnership with Indigenous communities to ensure that savings from lower rates of imprisonment flow back into communities.

We need to invest in early intervention, prevention and diversion strategies. These are smarter solutions that increase safety, address the root causes of violence against women, cut reoffending and imprisonment rates, and build stronger and safer communities.

Many of the solutions are already there. Now we need to make it happen, and do so in a way that empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and services to drive these solutions.

Together we can build stronger and safer communities.

We Can Change The Record from Gusto Films on Vimeo.

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