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Twenty years of monitoring since the royal commission into aboriginal deaths in custody: An overview by the Australian institute of criminology

Australian Indigenous Law Review
Volume 15 Issue 1 (2011)

Abstract: The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody ('RCIADIC') was established in 1987 by the Australian Parliament in response to concerns over the deaths of Indigenous people in custody. It examined the circumstances surrounding the deaths in prison or police custody of 99 Indigenous people between 1 January 1980 and 31 May 1989. The RCIADIC found the rate of death in custody was not higher among Indigenous people in custody than among non-Indigenous people in custody. Rather, the fundamental issue was the extent to which Indigenous Australians were over-represented in their contact with the criminal justice system, the Royal Commission concluding that '[t]oo many Aboriginal people are in custody too often.'

To cite this article: Beacroft, Laura; Lyneham, Mathew and Willis, Matthew. Twenty years of monitoring since the royal commission into aboriginal deaths in custody: An overview by the Australian institute of criminology [online]. Australian Indigenous Law Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2011: 64-84. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=272086888517246;res=IELIND> ISSN: 1835-0186. [cited 03 Dec 16].

Personal Author: Beacroft, Laura; Lyneham, Mathew; Willis, Matthew; Source: Australian Indigenous Law Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2011: 64-84 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1835-0186 Subject: Australia. Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody; Prisoners--Death; Australian Institute of Criminology; Criminal justice, Administration of; Detention of persons; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Research Manager, Australian Institute of Criminology
(2) Research Officer, Australian Institute of Criminology
(3) Principal of Research Analyst, Australian Institute of Criminology

Database: Indigenous Collection