This article originally appeared in The Australian on 28 July 2017.
A report from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research shows the incarceration of indigenous Australians in that state has increased by 25 per cent since 2013. The report attributes this rise to more indigenous people being charged with, and imprisoned for, stalking and intimidation offences, defendants spending more time on remand and more breaches of good behaviour bonds and suspended sentences leading to imprisonment.
Recent reforms announced by the NSW government will help. In May, the government unveiled plans to abolish suspended sentences and expand the use of intensive corrections orders, giving judges more options for imposing conditions on low-risk offenders, such as home detention, curfews and movement restrictions.