Rise in Number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Female Prisoners

Rise in Number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Female PrisonersAs per recent reports, the number of female prisoners that are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders has increased by 20% since last year.

The rise comparatively bigger than the non-Aboriginal women prisoners who have reported 3% rise since June 30 last year. The number has increased largely in the past 15 years and is raising alarm, said Eileen Baldry, the Prison policy Expert of the University of NSW.

She said the findings do not mean that the Aboriginal women are more criminal. The rising figures come from the fact that they are not given as much social support as that given to general people. They undergo high domestic violence, mental tortures, homelessness and poverty.

Statistics Bureau's report headed Prisoners in Australia has suggested that the number of females in jails have risen by 48% in past 10 years while the number for males has soared by 29%. There are as much as 2201 females per year in jails, said the reports.

About 32% rise has been reported in overall number of people behind bars since 2002 with about 29,383 people in prisons, as of now. "Females now make up 7 per cent of Australia's total prisoner population", said Fiona Dowsley, the Director of the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics.