Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Published: Wednesday 20th April 2016

In 1991 a Royal Commission Report into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was released and one of the key findings was that Indigenous people were more likely to die in custody because they were more likely to be in custody.

Regardless of the 339 recommendations made in the Royal Commission Report, 25 years on and the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in prison have increased.

Many news stories have been made in the press recently:

Deaths in custody: 25 years after the royal commission, we’ve gone backwards, The Conversation

Protesters march through Perth calling for action to prevent Aboriginal deaths in custody, ABC News

Indigenous deaths in custody still plague the nation, Radio National

The 25th Anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, Parliamentary Library: Flagpost

The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: timeline of events and aftermath, SBS News

To learn more on the issue, the ACU Library has the Indigenous Australians Subject Guide, which includes Indigenous databases and other materials.