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Australian deaths in custody and custody-related police operations, 1997

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 80

Vicki Dalton
ISBN 0 642 24062 2 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, March 1998

Abstract

Dalton presents information on deaths which occurred in police and prison custody and custody related police operations in Australia during 1997. She identifies the trends in the number of deaths in custody related police operations, and more specifical ly, the number of people dying as a result of injuries received in the course of, or immediately following, police pursuits. She notes that seventy three per cent of the one hundred and three deaths during 1997 occurred in prison custody.