The number of women in prison in Australia has grown by over 70% in the past decade.
Aboriginal women are the fastest growing prison population.
Many of them are not serving a sentence but being held in remand.
These women are very often mothers. They present in court and in prisons suffering from intergenerational trauma, co-occurring mental health disorders, substance abuse and a history of family violence, multiple incarcerations, reproductive and other health issues and forced removal from their families as children.
Why has the remand population expanded? What culturally appropriate diversionary options are available to the courts? What happens to the children? What about children in prison?
[It’s] the biggest thing I’ve ever had to face in my life. Like, it’s one thing to do a long sentence in jail – that’s hard enough – but to do it with a child, even though he’s with me, oh my god. It makes it two times harder.
Join us for an in-depth discussion dissecting the drivers and responses to this growth in incarceration of Aboriginal women.
Supported by the Judicial Officers Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Committee (JOACAC).
Please note that this program is open to all jurisdictions.