Deaths in custody

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Report

Deaths in custody in Australia 2018–19

This report contains detailed information on the 113 deaths in custody in 2018–19 (89 in prison custody and 24 in police custody or custody-related operations), and compares these findings to longer-term trends.
Report

Seeing the clear light of day: expert reference group on decriminalising public drunkenness

This report has been prepared by the expert reference group appointed to advise the Victorian government on the decriminalisation of public drunkenness and the development of an alternative health-based response.
Article

The Black Lives Matter movement has provoked a cultural reckoning about how Black stories are told

This article shows how Australia's mainstream media reports on First Nations stories, including the Black Lives Matter movement.
Report

“He’s never coming back”: People with disabilities dying in Western Australia’s prisons

This report examines the cases of eight people with disabilities who died in custody in Western Australia between 2015 and 2020, six of whom were Aboriginal people.
Report

Ombudsman's own initiative investigation in relation to issues surrounding the death in custody of Mr Wayne Fella Morrison

The Ombudsman conducted an ‘own initiative’ investigation of the Department for Correctional Services’ handling of various issues before and after the 2016 death of an Aboriginal prisoner, Mr Morrison.
Article

To achieve racial justice, we must self-determine meaningfully

The global spread of the Black Lives Matter movement, triggered by the murder of George Floyd, has forced the Australian mainstream to reckon with the immense scale of Indigenous incarceration and deaths in custody and has created new momentum for change.
Position paper

Black lives matter: always have, always will

In response to the 'Black Lives Matter' movement, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services have compiled legal and policy reforms that need to be implemented to advance the cause of true justice in Australia.
Guide

Aboriginal deaths in custody: the Royal Commission and its records, 1987–97

This guide is the only comprehensive listing of the huge volume of records created by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. The records include individual case files, submissions, research reports, the papers of the Commissioners and staff, the records of legal counsel, and...
Article

Despite 432 Indigenous deaths in custody, no one has ever been convicted. Racist silence and complicity are to blame

Many people on this continent know more about police and prison violence in the US, than the same violence that happens here, so what’s behind the curious silence on First Nations deaths in custody in Australia?
Report

Shooting deaths in police custody

Shooting deaths in police custody (including police and self-inflicted shootings) account for 30 percent of all deaths in police custody. This paper uses National Deaths in Custody Program data and coronial records to examine the circumstances of these deaths between 2006–07 and 2016–17.