Horacek! The Legal System

30 / 07 / 2015

The over-representation of Indigenous Australians in prison is one of the most urgent human rights issues facing the country today. Statistics released by the Productivity Commission last year showed a 57 per cent rise in the incarceration rates among Indigenous men, pharmacy women and children over the past 15 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said that “nationally, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are 15 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Indigenous Australians.” Around half of all young Australians in juvenile detention are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, and the Indigenous recidivism rate of 58 per cent within 10 years was significantly higher than the Indigenous school retention rate from Year 7 to Year 12.

Thanks so much to Judy Horacek for allowing us to reproduce this cartoon ‘The legal system’. It originally appeared in the 7th edition of the Law Handbook, published by Redfern Legal Centre Publishing, 1999. It is also in Judy’s wonderful book, ‘I am women hear me draw’ available to purchase here. 

Statistics: ABC News. 


We love showcasing the artwork of world-renowned cartoonist Judy Horacek. Each month we include a Horacek cartoon – a mix of original pieces for Sheilas, or alternatively, a classic favourite. Check out the Sheilas’ Horacek! archive here.

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