INDIGENOUS YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM 2010-11

November 30, 2012

INDIGENOUS YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM 2010-11

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have published a bulletin looking at the numbers and characteristics of Indigenous young people involved in the juvenile justice system.  It's well known that while only around 5% of young Australians are Indigenous, in 2010-11 39% of young people involved with the youth justice system were Indigenous.  This figure is a slight reduction on previous years, with the biggest reduction occurring in the rate ratio for those in detention from 28 to 24.  The report considers further strategies to address the over-representation of Indigenous young people in the youth justice system in Australia.

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