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NO MORE Deaths In Custody

An investigation by The Guardian exposes over 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.1

The report finds many of these deaths in custody were entirely preventable and detailed the shocking disparity between the treatment of First Nations people compared to non-indigenous peoples. 2

First Nations peoples have long called for justice in the face of Australia’s discriminatory prison system –but with over 147 deaths in the last decade, these calls have clearly been ignored and rejected by successive governments.

We need broad sweeping change, but an Independent Detention Monitor is a crucial first step to hold the government accountable and prevent further deaths.

Sign the petition calling for an Independent Detention Monitor.

+ The Issue of Deaths in Custody

Since the handing down of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in Custody findings and recommendations, successive State and Federal governments have failed or refused to implement the recommendations.4

Over this time the rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration has skyrocketed – making Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people one of the most incarcerated populations of people anywhere in the world.

Peoples who make up less than 3% of the Australian population make up 27% of our prison population.

We know that a person’s race does not make them more likely to commit a crime. It does however, affect how people are treated by our justice system. Experts have found that Aboriginal people are often incarcerated for minor offences and unfairly targeted under regimes like mandatory sentencing which is rolled out across many remote communities and areas with high Aboriginal populations.

Victims' families, Indigenous Communities, Activists and Leaders have been calling for more than two decades for the recommendations of the Royal Commision to be implemented in order to stop deaths in custody.

A vital first step is to demand an Independent Detention Monitor to hold the government accountable and prevent further deaths ASAP.

Sign the petition calling for an Independent Detention Monitor to prevent further deaths in custody.

References:
[1] 'The 147 dead: terrible toll of Indigenous deaths in custody spurs calls for reform', The Guardian, 28 August 2018.
[2] We examined every Indigenous death in custody since 2008. This is why, The Guardian, 28 August 2018
[3] Deaths Inside: Indigenous Australian deaths in custody, The Guardian, 28 August 2018
[4] Deaths in custody: 25 years after the royal commission, we've gone backwards, The Conversation, 13 April 2016

Photo Credit: The Guardian