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Briggs - Live at Juvie

Follow rapper and proud Yorta-Yorta man Adam Briggs as he heads inside the walls of Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre to see what life is like for Australia's young, Indigenous, A-class offenders.
September 7, 2015, 12:00am
Photo by Ben Sullivan

Indigenous over-representation is a constant theme in Australia's prisons, but it's more apparent in the juvenile justice system. Last year's New South Wales Justice Annual Report stated that young people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background made up 48 percent of all young people in state custody. The national average in the adult system is 28 percent.

To get an idea of what life is like as a young, Indigenous, A-class offender, we followed rapper and proud Yorta-Yorta man Briggs inside Reiby, a Juvenile Justice Centre on the outskirts of Sydney.

This documentary is part one of Over Represented, our series on Indigenous incarceration. For parts two and three, watch Darwin Night Patrol and Barred Calls. You can also check out The Incarceration Issue, a special edition from VICE.