WE CAN CHANGE THE RECORD
IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY 98% OF JUVENILES BEHIND BARS ARE INDIGENOUS
Since 2004, Australia’s prison population has increased by 88%.
27% of Australia’s prison population are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are 24X more likely to be in detention
Over the last 5 years, Indigenous deaths in custody have increased to 1 in 5 (approximately 24%).
This is a soaring denial of the premise that a worthy documentary is doomed to be dull and dispiriting viewing. The inmates of Darwin’s Berrimah prison are anything but dull, and Prison Songs throws a penetrating new light on the lives of prisoners by casting them in Australia’s first documentary musical.
Prison Songs acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country in Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to Elders, both past and present. We acknowledge the importance of the continuing role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people play in Australian society.