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The 25th Anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

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Despite great changes in Indigenous policy in the last twenty-five years, the number of Indigenous deaths in custody has not declined. Between 1987 and 1991, while the Royal Commission was underway, there were 23 Indigenous deaths in prison custody and 28 in police custody. From 2009 to 2013 (2014 and 2015 data is not yet available) there were 41 Indigenous deaths in prison custody and 19 in police custody (Australian Institute of Criminology, Tables A4 and A15). Royal Commissioner Professor Pat Dodson says that the problems have become worse.

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