Pacific Islanders high percentage of prison population | Pacific Beat

Pacific Islanders high percentage of prison population

Pacific Islanders high percentage of prison population

Updated 22 March 2012, 14:20 AEDT

Remaining in Sydney, politicians, policemen and Pacific Islands community leaders have joined forces to combat a rising crime problem.

In some areas of south-west Sydney, young Pacific islanders make up a third or even half of all prison inmates, and despite accounting for only 1.6 percent of the New South Wales population, they're responsible for 3.6 percent of all violent crime. The state government has just announced a 1.1 million Australian dollars program to try to keep young Pacific people out of gang culture.

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