Friday, March 18, 2016
Locking up Indigenous kids costs $236 million a year
Bianca Hall Sydney Morning Herald March 16, 2016
On National Close the Gap Day, more than 1500 community and corporate events are being held across the country. Vision courtesy Oxfam Australia.
Locking up Aboriginal children costs Australia almost a quarter of a billion dollars a year, according to new figures compiled by Save the Children and released on the eve of Close the Gap Day.
On an average day last June, there were 480 Indigenous young people behind bars, with each young person costing authorities $1355 a day.
Government data shows that Indigenous young people are 26 times more likely to be incarcerated than non-Indigenous young people. Most of those Indigenous young people in detention are yet to be sentenced.
Indigenous young people made up 54 per cent of young people in youth justice detention last June, despite comprising about 5 per cent of the population. Photo: Greg Newington
And according to the most recent snapshot, Indigenous young people made up 54 per cent of young people in youth justice detention last June, despite comprising about 5 per cent of the population.
Save the Children's director of policy and public affairs, Mat Tinkler, described the situation as ‘a stain on our nation’………
‘We know that young offenders often end up in adult prison, so it's critical we break the cycle and help give young people a better future,’ Mr Tinkler said………
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