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Deaths in custody

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Report

Deaths in custody in Australia 2020–21

The National Deaths in Custody Program has monitored the extent and nature of deaths occurring in prison, police custody and youth detention in Australia since 1980. In 2020–21 there were 82 deaths in custody: 66 in prison custody and 16 in police custody or custody-related...
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Deaths in custody in Australia 2019-20

The National Deaths in Custody Program has monitored the extent and nature of deaths occurring in prison, police custody and youth detention in Australia since 1980. In 2019-20 there were 113 deaths in custody. This report contains detailed information on these deaths and compares the...
Report

The high level of First Nations people in custody and oversight and review of deaths in custody: report

This report highlights that the current arrangements for reviewing deaths in custody are complex, with many of the functions overlapping across a number of different oversight bodies, and not one lead body to coordinate an effective approach.
Working paper

30 years on: Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody recommendations remain unimplemented

This paper outlines concerns with the 2018 Deloitte Access Economics review of the implementation of the 339 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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Deaths in custody in Australia 2017-18

This report examines the extent and nature of deaths occurring in prison and police custody and custody-related operations in 2017–18, and compares these findings to long-term trends.
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.
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National Deaths in Custody Program: deaths in custody in Australia 2016–17

This report contains detailed information on deaths in both prison and police custody and custody-related operations in 2016–17, and compares these findings to longer term trends.
Report

Indigenous deaths in custody: 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Twenty-five years has passed since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC). This paper examines the trends and characteristics of Indigenous deaths in custody since 1991–92, using data obtained through the National Deaths in Custody Program (NDICP).
Working paper

Joint response to the Deloitte Review of the implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

This statement outlines concerns with the 2018 Deloitte Access Economics review of the implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC).
Report

Review of the implementation of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

In 2017, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to undertake an independent review of the implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
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National deaths in custody program: deaths in custody in Australia 2013–14 and 2014–15

This report presents data on the number of deaths in custody that occurred during 2013–14 and 2014–15, and trend data on deaths in prison custody (from 1979–80) and police custody and custody-related operations (from 1989–90).
Blog post

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

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...
Audio

Shameful statistics: black deaths in custody

The Coronial inquest into the death of Ms Dhu, a Yamatji woman from Western Australia is in its final stages. In 2014, the 22 year old was pronounced dead at the Hedland Health Campus, 45 hours after being taken into police custody for unpaid fines...
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Deaths in custody in Australia: National Deaths in Custody Program 2011–12 and 2012–13

Abstract: The data presented in this report include frequencies of deaths in prison and police custody and information regarding the deceased, including demographic information and cause of death. Long term trends are also presented. In 2011–12 and 2012–13, there were 144 deaths in custody, 73...