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Australian deaths in custody and custody-related police operations, 1994-95

Vicki Dalton and David McDonald
ISBN 0 642 24006 X ISSN 1038-667X
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, June 1995


This paper presents information on deaths which have occurred in police, prison and juvenile justice custody during the twelve months to 30 June 1995. It provides statistical and descriptive details of incidences, death rates, demographic characteristics, causes of death, circumstances of custody, and overall trends. Although the total number of deaths in custody was substantially lower than that of previous years, the figure for those who died in prison custody was still very high. An appendix providing details of the death of Rowan, an Aboriginal youth, in juvenile detention is included which amends information provided in Issue 3 of the Deaths in Custody series.


Deaths in Custody Monitoring and Research Program