WA publishes new reform for prison incarceration of indigenous Australians
Surpassing the national incarceration rate in Australia by 60%, Western Australia is faced with a massive overrepresentation of indigenous Australians in their prisons. To battle this social issue, the McGowan government has made the top priority of the new WA budget to reduce the incarceration rate by 23% over the next 10 years.
The government will implement these reforms through increased funding in the areas of legal representation, bail support programs, fine alternatives, and bail conditions. With over $20 million of expenditure dedicated to reducing incarceration, these reforms also ultimately aim to bridge the gap between the state government and aboriginal people in the region.