Indigenous Incarceration and Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

April 2016

Infographics: Indigenous incarceration in Australia at a glance 

The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was appointed by prime minister Bob Hawke on August 10 1987 to investigate the high rate of Indigenous deaths in custody.

At the time there was 1 Indigenous death in custody every 11 days. The commission reviewed 99 deaths between 1980 and 1989, factoring in the cause, likely reason and underlying social factors.

When the commission handed down its report on April 5 1991, it made 339 recommendations. The commissioners identified the principal and immediate explanation for the deaths in custody as being the disproportionate rate at which Indigenous people were detained, arrested and imprisoned in Australia.

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Article Source: National Indigenous Television

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