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Suicide in prison 1980 to 1998: national overview

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 126

Vicki Dalton
ISBN 0 642 24122 8 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, August 1999


A preliminary analysis of suicide in Australian prisons over the past 19 years is contained in this paper. Dalton examines the incidence of prison death and suicide, rates of prison death and suicide, suicide in the community, manner and causes of prison deaths, and a national overview and state comparisons of the incidence of prison suicide.


  • Media release: Prison numbers double, suicide numbers triple
  • National Deaths in Custody Monitoring and Research Program