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Aboriginal deaths in prison 1980 to 1998: national overview

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 131

Vicki Dalton, assisted by Robyn Edwards

ISBN 0 642 24133 3 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, October 1999


Data from the Deaths in Custody Monitoring Program is examined to determine Aboriginal custodial mortality since 1980. The paper compares national Aboriginal and non Aboriginal deaths during the 1980s and 1990s, with particular attention to suicide in prison. Data on the manner of Aboriginal deaths in prison is also considered.


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