Family of a young Indigenous woman who died last year while in police custody want a law to prohibit jailing of people over unpaid fines.
“My niece’s life is worth more than $1000 in fines.”
One year ago Julieka Dhu, 22, died in police custody at South Hedland station in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. Dhu was locked up over $1000 dollars in unpaid fines.
Children as young as 10 are escalating their offending so they can be put behind bars where they can get a “good feed” and a safe night’s sleep, according to the State’s top judge.
Protests have been held around the country demanding an investigation into the death of Julieka Dhu and an end to Indigenous deaths in custody.
Young Aboriginal people consider detention or jail a rite of passage, and governments are failing to reduce Indigenous incarceration rates, Western Australia's Chief Justice has told a committee hearing in Perth.