Gerry Georgatos – One in 50 Australians living have been to prison. More than 500,000 Australians living have been incarcerated. One in 625 Australians are presently incarcerated.

More than one in 6 First Nations Australians living have been to prison. A reprehensible statistic that from a racialised lens is the world’s highest; higher than the Black American and Latin American incarceration rates. More than 120,000 First Nations Australians living have been to prison.

Presently, 40,000 Australians are incarcerated – with more than 11,000 First Nations Australians presently jailed. One in 67 First Nations Australians are presently incarcerated.

Nearly 90 percent of the national prison population have not completed secondary schooling. Nearly 100 percent of First Nations prisoners have not completed secondary schooling. The majority of the national prison population lived below the poverty line. Nearly 100 percent of First Nations prisoners lived below the poverty line.

Nearly all of the 120,000 of the First Nations Australians living are of people living below the poverty line or in proximity to it. At least 300,000 First Nations Australians live below the poverty and therefore at least one in three First Nations Australians who live below the poverty line have been to prison – 1 in 3.

Nearly 30 percent of the national prison population is comprised by First Nations peoples. First Nations females comprise 34 percent of female prisoners.

Unless the ways forward are urgently invested in, by 2025 one in two of the national prison population will be comprised by First Nations people.

Unless the ways forward are urgently invested in, the intersection of poverty and offending will double the Australian prison population within fifteen years.