Northern Territory Attorney-General John Elferink has dismissed calls from a prominent national Indigenous leader to tackle soaring incarceration levels of Aboriginal youth.

Warren Mundine, who heads up the Generation One Indigenous employment initiative, says more diversionary programs and resources are needed to keep young people out of jail.

He is calling for a national summit on Aboriginal justice issues.

Mr Mundine has accused state, territory and federal governments of creating a so-called Indigenous prison industry.

Mr Elferink says it is not the Territory Government's responsibility.

"There seems to be a belief, especially from people such as Mr Mundine, that there is a capacity of government to play the role of parents," he said.

"Well, no, it isn't the government's role to fix these problems, the role starts with the parents."

Mr Elferink says the Territory Government plans to send troubled youths to boot camps.

"One of the fundamental missing ingredients with a lot of these young folk is any sense of discipline and self-worth," he said.

"That is something that can't be fixed by government.

"We can try through things like boot camps but, in truth, it is always going to be a struggle while the parents don't engage in their own children's upbringing."

The Territory has the nation's highest incarceration rate per head of population of both Indigenous young people and adults.

The majority of people being held in the jurisdiction's correction centres and prisons are indigenous.

Indigenous people account for 29 per cent of the Territory population, but 78 per cent of people in detention are Aboriginal.

Meanwhile, the Alice Springs Correctional Centre is being stretched to capacity as a result of the region's spike in crime over summer.

The prison's Acting Superintendent, Bill Yan, says it is already over capacity and struggling to accommodate a rise in the number of inmates.

At the weekend, Darwin's Berrimah Prison was unable to accept new inmates because it, too, was stretched to capacity.


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