November 30, 2022
High indigenous incarceration rates on hui agenda
An Aboriginal lawyer says Māori would be horrified by incarceration rates for their indigenous relatives across the Tasman.
Bryce Wilson of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency is one of the speakers at this weekend’s Sir Peter Williams Penal Reform League conference in the Bay Of Islands.
He says the Northern Territory has a population of 250,000.
“Aboriginal fullas here make up 30 percent of the population of the Northern Territories, yet we make up 85 percent of people in prison, and our young girls and boys are making up 99.9 percent of the youth detentions. It is a staggering amount and we are the highest incarcerated people in the OECD,” Mr Wilson says.
He says it’s his first time in Aoteroa, and he’s looking forward to visiting Waitangi and the Treaty Grounds.
The weekend conference in Kororareka will also hear from speakers on restorative justice, cultural reports, the courts’ new Ao Marama policy and meth-induced psychosis.