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Aboriginal deaths in custody

ISSN: 
0817-8542

Abstract

The issue of Aboriginal deaths in prisons and holding cells is particularly complex. This report presents a statistical summary of the basic facts surrounding those cases which have been identified, including the cause of death, the circumstances giving rise to detention, and various demographic characteristics. It also summarises options which could significantly lower the risk of deaths in custody. They relate to: non institutional alternatives; management of custodial facilities; internal and coronial investigations; and criminal and civil liability.

Cite article

Grabosky P, Wilson P, Hazlehurst K & Scandia A. 1988. Aboriginal deaths in custody. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice No. 12. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi12