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Aboriginal people 18 times more likely to be jailed

Aboriginal Australians are almost 18 times more likely to be incarcerated than other Australians, according to a recent study.

Dr Don Weatherburn collated data from a national survey of Torres Strait Islander people, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and findings from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

The analysis found past efforts to reduce aboriginal prison rates have failed to address underlying causes of crime. Dr Weatherburn cited areas to be addressed included child neglect, Aboriginal truancy and high rates of Aboriginal unemployment.

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