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CHANGE THE RECORD


The rates at which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are experiencing violence and being put in prison has reached a crisis point.

In the past 10 years we have seen a 88% increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ending up in prison, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now 13 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Indigenous people. Being placed in prison is all too common for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. But the impact of being in prison can be severe - not just for the individual but also for their family and the whole community.


​At the same time, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – especially women and children – are experiencing increasing amounts of violence with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of family violence. This is devastating lives.​

But it doesn't have to be this way. We can change the record.
 
We need to invest in early intervention, prevention and diversion strategies. These are smarter solutions that increase safety, address the root causes of violence against women, cut reoffending and imprisonment rates, and build stronger and safer communities. We can do this and reduce the cost for all of us as taxpayers.
 
Many of the solutions are already there. Now we need to make it happen, and do so in a way that empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and services to drive these solutions.
 
Together, we can change the record. Together, we can build stronger and safer communities.​

LET'S CHANGE THE RECORD

Time to invest in communities, not prisons
The Change the Record (CTR) Coalition has today called on all levels of government to start thinking differently about crime prevention, and shift investment away from prisons and into communities. Last night’s episode of ABC Four Corners featured the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project in Bourke. This is the first major trial of justice reinvestment in Australia - an approach first developed in the United States which seeks to reduce imprisonment rates, whilst saving money and creating safer communities
PM: Meet with First Peoples
Today, on the first day of Federal Parliament, national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership organisations delivered a strong message to Prime Minister Turnbull, his government and the Parliament: the relationship with the First Peoples of this nation must be reset. The national representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, along with peak national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations will unite in front of Parliament House calling for a new era in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.
Review into Queensland youth detention centres welcomed
The Change the Record (CTR) Coalition has today welcomed the announcement of a review into Queensland’s youth detention centres, and called for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander oversight of the process.