Teela is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman who grew up in Gilgandra western NSW. Teela is passionate about raising awareness of the fact Indigenous incarceration has virtually doubled in the past 10-15 years, yet Indigenous offending has decreased. “I am especially concerned about the soaring rate at which Indigenous women are incarcerated. Indigenous women are the most rapidly incarcerated cohort in Australia, accounting for less than 2% of the population and over 30% of the prison population and 34 times more likely to be incarcerated than non- Indigenous women. This is a direct result of poor policy that doesn’t adequately address the complex needs of Indigenous women who are more likely to be victims of violence and suffer greater social and economic disadvantage. Most women are also sentenced to less than 6 months imprisonment which perpetuates the problem, is a greater cost to the community and doesn’t resolve the causes of offending.”
Teela Reid is a Lawyer.