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Australian deaths in custody and custody-related police operations, 2000

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 217

Lisa Collins and Jenny Mouzos
ISBN 0 642 24244 5 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, October 2001


Based on data provided through the National Deaths in Custody Program, this paper summarises information on deaths in custody in Australia for the year 2000. During 2000, there were 91 deaths in police, prison and juvenile custody, the majority occurring in prison custody. There were 25 police custody deaths, and two juvenile detention deaths. In the period under review there was a total of 17 Indigenous deaths. The leading cause of death for Indigenous and non Indigenous persons in custody during 2000 was self inflicted injury.