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Prison homicides in Australia: 1980 to 1998

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 103

Vicki Dalton
ISBN 0 642 24093 0 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, January 1999


Fifty six homicides that have occurred in Australian prisons are documented. The paper contains preliminary analysis of ongoing work in the area of prison homicides, and further detailed analysis and research will consider some of these findings, specifically addressing issues of apparent motives leading to prison homicide such as victim impulsiveness, gang issues and responses by authorities.