Indigenous Deaths in Custody (1989-1996) Report by Australian Human Rights Commission

Indigenous Deaths in Custody (1989-1996): A Report prepared by the Office of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in 1996.

This is a very significant report with recommendations that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are still calling for to be actioned.

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(Sourced: Australian Human Rights Commission)

The ABS statistics are very sobering as they indicate that in 2004 just over one in five prisoners was Indigenous and in 2014 it is between one in three/four.

The proportion of prisoners identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander varied from 8% in Victoria (474 prisoners) to 86% in the Northern Territory (1,279 prisoners).

Key findings

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prisoners

(Sourced: ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics))

2013 Indigenous Imprisonment Fact Sheet (Australian Law Council)

(Sourced: Australian Law Council)