National Director Andrew Meehan talks to 2XX FM about the crisis this nation faces with the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people incarcerated.
"Government needs to sit down with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives, particularly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services to set some Justice Targets to address this crisis."
ANTaR supports the calls made today by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) and the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples for the Governments of Australia to adopt Justice Targets.
Dr Lewis said that the Abbott Government has a commitment to improving Aboriginal education and employment, but the continued high rates of incarceration are a major barrier to achieving it.
Cuts to Aboriginal Legal Services will undermine action on Aboriginal jobs and education.
The Greens have announced a plan to introduce Justice Reinvestment across Australia.
The plan includes investing $10 million over 4 years to establish a national centre for justice reinvestment; and $50 million over four years to fund a justice reinvestment grants program.
ANTaR welcomes this committment and urges the Government and opposition to match it.