Half of detained teens are indigenous

Almost half of all young people locked up in juvenile detention centres are indigenous despite the fact they make up just 5% of the population, a new report shows. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare study, Juvenile justice in Australia 2009-10, shows that 7250 young people were under some kind of supervision on an average day in 2009/10.

About 86% were in the community while 14% were being held in detention. Indigenous Australians make up just 5% cent of young people, but comprise 38% of juveniles under supervision.

Report from "The Australian"

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