Reducing inequality will reduce crime: new figures

Measures to tackle poverty are 14 times more effective at reducing crime than increasing spending on police and gaols, figures released by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show.

"Reducing income inequality benefits everyone in society. These figures prove that we can be more effective at reducing crime rates by tackling poverty, rather than creating tougher punishments for crimes," Greens MP Jamie Parker said.

"We should address the root causes of crime such as drug and alcohol addiction, while improving rehabilitation services in prison.

"I have seen the dedication and commitment of police officers in my work as Leichhardt Mayor and Councillor and now as the Member for Balmain.

"I believe we can support our police more effectively by ensuring a holistic approach to tackling crime and by working for a more just and equal society," Mr Parker said.

Read the report (Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research)

Long jail terms don't stop offenders (AAP)  

Response from NSW Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge

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