Indigenous Australians are the most incarcerated people on earth. They make up two percent of the general population, but a staggering 28 percent of the male prison population and 34 percent of the female prison population.
According to the Australian Law Reform Commission, the majority of indigenous female prisoners are survivors of domestic violence, family violence and sexual abuse. This trauma exacerbates the existing disadvantages faced by First Nations people.
In this episode of Violent Times, we interview Vicki Roach: a Yuin woman, academic, and prison abolitionist. She received her first criminal charges when she was just two years old, for ‘neglect by way of destitution.’
Over three decades, she has been in and out of jail, convicted 125 times. Her life is a testament to the systemic inequality and domestic violence that has contributed to the highest indigenous incarceration rate in the world, a life of hardship that Vickie channels into her work as a poet and activist.
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This article originally appeared on VICE AU.