The 2011/2012 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 represent only 2.5 % of the population. Twenty years on from when the Royal Commission into Deaths in Custody report was handed down, the number of Aboriginal people in jail has continued to increase.
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.
Judicial and penal institutions must contribute to the rehabilitation of offenders, faciliating their transition from despair to hope...When conditions within jails and prisons aer not conducive to the process of regaining a sense of worth and accepting its related duties, these institutions fail to acheive one of their essential ends.
Pope Benedict XVI, 2007 Rome Congress