Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are the fastest growing prison population in all states and territories in Australia.
Across NSW, Aboriginal young people are 28 times more likely to be incarcerated. Aboriginal young people make up an alarming 50% of those in detention, despite making up less than 5% of the general NSW youth population.
Our work focusses on reducing the high numbers of Aboriginal children incarcerated in NSW and broaden the life choices for children in Bourke and Dubbo, NSW.
In Dubbo, we have developed the Children and Prisons Program in partnership with Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation. The Program pulls together a collective of key organisations to work on the common goal of reducing the number of Indigenous children and young people coming into contact with the juvenile justice system. Click here for more information.
In Bourke, we are proud to partner with the Just Reinvest Initiative, which is focused on developing a community driven plan to reduce the numbers of young people incarcerated from Bourke and to improve their life outcomes and community safety. Click here for more information.
Drawing on the input of young people, their families and communities, government and non-government services and the vast body of research already in existence, we aim to support community led solutions to create better pathways for children and young people. If you would like to get involved, please contact us.
It is undeniable that the over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system is one of the most urgent human rights issues facing Australia.