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Australian deaths in custody and custody-related police operations 1999

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 153

Vicki Dalton
ISBN 0 642 24167 8 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2000


In 1999, 85 people died in police or prison custody which was ten fewer than the previous year. This paper updates information on 1998 deaths in custody and longer term custodial death trends. It also highlights some of the changes that have occurred in 1999.