Race, Class, Gender and Mass Incarceration

Dr Baz Dreisinger

More than 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have died in custody since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths In custody in 1991. And while Indigenous people represent only 3 per cent of Australia's population, they make up more than 27 per cent of our prison population and 55 per cent of the youth detention population.

This lecture was presented by Dr Baz Dreisinger, Professor of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, on the topic, “Race, Class, Gender and Mass Incarceration”. This was followed by an expert panel discussion of key Indigenous and non-Indigenous professionals who discussed the endemic incarceration targeting Indigenous people in Australia, and other low socioeconomic groups around the world.


  • Associate Professor Thalia Anthony, University of Technology Sydney
  • Ms Debbie Kilroy, CEO, Sisters Inside
  • Ms Roxanne Moore, Noongar woman and Indigenous rights lawyer and campaigner
  • Mr Damian Griffiths, leading advocate for the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability.