Charlie Pickering, once again, nails an issue so many fail to understand.
In Australia, Indigenous people are 26 times more likely to be sent to jail than non-Indigenous people.
This is particularly problematic in the Northern Territory — where the number of people in prison per capita is the third highest in the world.
In the territory, 86 per cent of inmates are Indigenous.
Nationally, young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up just over five per cent of young Australians. Yet, they comprise more than half of all young people in custody.
Last night, the comedian and TV host skewered Australia for its racist and prison-happy approach to Indigenous Australians.
According to Pickering, young Aboriginal men in the Northern Territory are being imprisoned – often without paperwork – for embarrassingly trivial crimes.
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For example, one man was thrown in prison for a whole year for possessing $30 of weed. Another received a year of jail time for stealing hamburger buns.
“Oh, we’re jailing people for stealing bread. How very 1788 of us,” Pickering quipped as we hung our heads in shame of our penal code.
The cost to keep a young person incarcerated for a year is $440,000 — the equivalent of an entire undergraduate medical degree (or several of them)