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NCJ Number: 222003 Find in a Library
Title: Deaths in Custody in Australia: National Deaths in Custody Program Annual Report 2006
Author(s): Jacqueline Joudo; Jane Curnow
Date Published: 2008
Page Count: 132
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 978-1-921185-65-6
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Document: PDF
Type: Statistics
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This report presents information on deaths that have occurred in police, prison, and juvenile custody in Australian States and Territories in calendar year 2006.
Abstract: Fifty-four deaths occurred in custody in 2006: 31 in prisons, 22 in police custody and custody-related operations, and 1 in juvenile detention. Eleven of the deaths involved Indigenous persons in custody: 4 in prison, 6 in police custody and custody-related operations, and 1 in juvenile detention. Forty-eight men and 5 women died in prison or police custody and custody-related operations: 30 men and 1 woman in prison, 18 men and 4 women in police custody and custody-related operations, and 1 man in juvenile detention. The average age of persons who died in prison custody was 50 years old, with most of the deceased being 55 years old or older. Those who died in police custody and custody-related operations averaged 31 years old, with most being between 25 and 39 years old. There were seven hanging deaths (two Indigenous persons) in prison and no hanging deaths in police custody and custody-related operations. Ten deaths occurred in the course of motor vehicle pursuits, with 4 of these deaths involving Indigenous persons; and 2 deaths resulted from police shootings (non-Indigenous individuals). Violent offenses were the most serious offenses committed just prior to the final period of custody in prison deaths, and violent and theft-related offenses were most common for those who died in police custody and custody-related operations. Data on long-term trends for deaths in custody in Australian States and Territories are presented for the 1980-2006 period (prison deaths only) and between 1990 and 2006 (for police custody and custody-related operations). 78 tables, 16 figures, and 46 references
Main Term(s): Australia; Criminal justice statistics; Custody deaths
Index Term(s): Aborigines; Corrections statistics; Foreign corrections statistics; Foreign police; Juvenile Corrections/Detention statistics; Police statistics; Trend analysis
Note: Research and Public Policy Series, No. 85; downloaded March 20, 2008.
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