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The royal commission into aboriginal deaths in custody and the duty of care owed to prisoners in South Australia

Australian Indigenous Law Review
Volume 15 Issue 1 (2011)

Abstract: Twenty years ago, the National Report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody1 ('RCIADIC') was released. The RCIADIC investigated the excessively high numbers of deaths of Aboriginal people in custody. The conclusion was that, although per capita Aboriginal people in custody were not dying at a significantly higher rate than non-Aboriginal people, the rate of death in custody was excessively high and the incarceration rate of Aboriginal people was much higher than for non-Aboriginal people. The National Report spanned five volumes and included 339 recommendations to state, federal and territory governments. The purpose of the recommendations was to reduce both the rate of incarceration and the number of deaths in custody. This paper examines the duty and standard of care owed to prisoners, an important aspect of the National Report.

To cite this article: Charles, Chris. The royal commission into aboriginal deaths in custody and the duty of care owed to prisoners in South Australia [online]. Australian Indigenous Law Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2011: 110-115. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=272180053373537;res=IELIND> ISSN: 1835-0186. [cited 01 Jun 16].

Personal Author: Charles, Chris; Source: Australian Indigenous Law Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2011: 110-115 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1835-0186 Subject: Australia. Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody; Prisoners--Death; Aboriginal Australians--Legal status, laws, etc.; Prisoners--Health and hygiene; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) General Counsel, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement

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