The Royal Commission was established in response to a growing public concern that deaths in custody of Aboriginal people were too common and poorly explained. More Information [close] The Commission examined all deaths in custody in each State and Territory which occurred between 1 January and 31 Mayand the actions taken in respect of each death. The Commission examined child welfare and juvenile justice files of people whose deaths in custody were being investigated.
Indigenous Deaths in Custody: Report Summary Indigenous Deaths in Custody: In other words, if that person is not at liberty to come and go as he or she wishes.
The characteristics of those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who died in custody are compared to those who died during the Royal Commission period and to non-Indigenous people who died in custody.
Arrest and imprisonment rates and types of offences are also presented. Each chapter in Part C provides a schedule of recommendations breached and a discussion drawn from the profiles under each recommendation.
Indigenous Deaths in Custody 2. In the post-Royal Commission period it was The proportion of deaths occurring in New South Wales and Victoria increased while they have decreased in Western Australia.
The Report shows that deaths from these causes disclosed breaches of recommendations as serious as deaths resulting from more direct involvement by custodial officers eg, gunshot. Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Deaths 3.
This rate reflects the disproportionately high number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody. The rate of death for Indigenous women in custody was higher than the corresponding rate for Indigenous men.
Approximately one-third of deaths occurred in police custody while two-thirds of deaths occurred in prison. The over-representation rate in Western Australia is four times the national average. Incarceration of non-Indigenous people has increased by 38 per cent. They are also more likely to be arrested for good order offences.
They are three times more likely to be imprisoned for such an offence. This indicates that provocative policing is continuing through the use of the trifecta offensive language, resist arrest and assault occasioning no harm.
Chapter 5 Introduction to Analysis of Case Studies 5. Recommendations were more frequently breached in deaths in Queensland The average number of recommendations breached per death did not decline in the second period. Chapter 6 Policing Practices 6. There were allegations of rough treatment by police in a number of profiles, although these allegations were not accepted by the coroners.
Three mentally ill Aboriginal people, none of whom had a firearm, were shot by police. Police car chases of young Aboriginal youths remain a problem, especially in Western Australia. In Western Australia, while public drunkenness has been decriminalised, arrests are still frequently made for drinking in a public place.
Offensive language charges and the trifecta are two ways in which this happens. Police initiated interventions result in the laying of charges — typically using offensive language, resisting arrest and assaulting police or similar offences.
The relatively high proportion of Indigenous prisoners incarcerated for assault occasioning no actual bodily harm is indicative of the trifecta phenomenon — 12 per cent against 4 per cent for the general prison population.
Chapter 7 Courts and Imprisonment 7. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders remain under-represented in their access to non-custodial options, where such options actually exist.
There was little evidence of programs to reduce the incidence of this offending in accordance with recommendation This is a clear breach of recommendation The case profiles also reveal that the use of Justices of Peace for other criminal law matters is problematic.
Chapter 8 Custodial Conditions 8. However, implementation of the recommendations is uneven. Some recommendations have not been implemented in any jurisdiction. There was also a noted absence of internal disciplinary proceedings to deal with breaches of instructions relating to the care of people in custody.
Avoidable deaths occurred in almost identical circumstances in a number of cases. However, all of the sixteen investigated deaths in police custody revealed numerous breaches of Royal Commission recommendations.
There was a lack of proper assessment procedures and little involvement of medical personnel, including Aboriginal Health Services; b. There was often no protocol for dealing with intoxicated people, particularly in Queensland and Victoria; c.The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Response to a growing public concern that Aboriginal deaths in custody were common and poorly explained.
The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody's report was meant to be a blueprint for reducing the disproportionate incarceration of Indigenous Australians and deaths in custody.
ROYAL COMMISSION INTO ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY REPORT OF THE INQUIRY INTO THE DEATH OF 30 March His Excellency the Honourable Sir Francis Burt, AC, KCMG, QC We want the Royal Commission to help us with our ideas. Yulbi Warri - Yindjibarndi Elder.
a = January to May b = June to December c = January to May Figure Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. 2. Gender.
Since the close of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC) in , eleven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have died in custody. Today's cost of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody . % Percentage by which Aboriginal deaths in custody went up since the Royal Commission in . The Royal Commission starts work. The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Response to a growing public concern that Aboriginal deaths in custody were common and poorly explained.
Table presents the deaths in the Royal Commission period and post Royal Commission period separately for males and females. The Royal Commission was established in response to a growing public concern that deaths in custody of Aboriginal people were too common and poorly explained. The Letters Patent formally establishing the Commission were issued by the Governor-General on 16 October The Royal Commission.
On 10 August Prime Minister Hawke announced the formation of a Royal Commission to investigate the causes of deaths of Aboriginal people .