More evidence that jails are bad

The Limited Benefit of Prison in Controlling Crime is a report quoted by Cynthia Banham in an SMH article:

“one in five [indigenous children] has a parent or carer in jail. It’s a staggering figure: 20 per cent of Aboriginal children are growing up today with the person they look to as a role model, or authority figure in life, in jail… a quarter of all young indigenous men are being processed through the criminal justice system every year. The effect, says Emeritus Professor David Brown of the University of NSW, is that incarceration has become ”normalised”. Prison is more of an expectation than a deterrent; for some it is even a rite of passage… Brown wrote about the concept of a ”tipping point” – the idea that once incarceration reaches a certain level in a particular community, crime levels actually begin to rise. That tipping point has been reached in some particularly vulnerable Aboriginal communities, Brown says.”


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