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NCJ Number: 123022 Find in a Library
Title: Preventing Custodial Deaths: A Systemic Approach
Journal: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology  Volume:22  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1989)  Pages:193-201
Author(s): I Temby
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 9
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: There are three broad areas in which steps can be taken to reduce avoidable inmate deaths in Australia.
Abstract: One area is in the size of the prison population. Reduction in the number of inmates would reduce the hazards to inmates and make staff monitoring of and services to inmates more effective. A second broad area involves making prisons and jails less dangerous places. This can be done through improved prison design, supervision, and medical services. The third and featured area for this article involves a system change that would ensure greater care and vigilance by custodians through an improved system of legal accountability. Some systemic reforms to increase custodians' accountability for inmate safety could include an enhanced role for ombudsmen in cases of custodial death and an expansion of the power of the State coroner to inquire into and report upon deaths. The investigation of custodial deaths should be conducted as soon as possible after they occur. Also, the dependents of a deceased should be granted legal aid for representation at death inquests. 9 notes.
Main Term(s): Custody deaths; Inmate personal security
Index Term(s): Accountability; Australia; Coroners; Legal liability
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