This year’s Catholic Social Justice Statement is all about justice and prisons. It is a sad fact that Aboriginal people are vastly over represented in the justice system and currently make up 26% of the prison population, even though they are only 2.5 5 of the population. Twenty years on from the Royal Commission into Deaths in Custody report was handed down, the number of Aboriginal people in jail has continued to increase. The Social Justice Statement comprehensively looks at the justice system as a whole, and does highlight the unacceptable rate of Indigenous imprisonment. To supplement the Social Justice Statement, the ACM has produced a fact sheet on Indigenous people and the justice system. It focuses on the statistics which speak of a system that is discriminating against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Social Justice Sunday is this Sunday, the 25th September.
The Social Justice Statement can be downloaded from http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/