Twenty per cent increase in Indigenous women in prisons

Dec 07, 2012, 08:04 AM

Women's prisons are filling up at an alarming rate in Australia.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics says the number of women behind bars has increased by more than 8 per cent in the last year - a much faster rate of increase than for men.

The surge is being driven by a 20 per cent increase in the number of Indigenous women being locked up, as Simon Lauder reports.

Source: ABC 'The World Today'