More women in Australia are going to prison than ever before. Here’s why

In the past 10 years, there has been a 75% increase in women’s rates of incarceration.

While men make up the majority of the Australian prison population, the number of women entering the prison system is increasing at a much faster rate.

Just over a third of female prisoners in Australia are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. This is particularly significant given Indigenous women comprise just 2 per cent of the general female population in Australia.

Source: More women in Australia are going to prison than ever before. Here’s why

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