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      Report on Deaths in Custody - people dying at high rates:
      Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer


      Newsletter date: 30 May 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/29/wgar-news-report-on-deaths-in-custody-people-dying-at-high-rates-gerry-georgatos-the-stri

      Contents:

      * Australian Institute of Criminology: Deaths in custody in Australia to 30 June 2011
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Report on Deaths in Custody - people dying at high rates
      * Inga Ting, SMH: Policy failure as prisons fill with indigenous people
      * Paul Simpson and Michael Doyle, ABC The Drum Opinion: Indigenous prison rates are a national shame
      * SBS World News: 'No lessons learned' on Aboriginal deaths
      * Cairns Post: Concern as Aboriginal deaths in custody rise
      * Bundaberg News Mail: Aboriginal incarceration rates hitting crisis levels
      * NIRS: Surge in death in custody numbers

      * SBS Radionews: Australia under fire in human rights report
      * Tracker: Australia failing on human rights: Amnesty
      * ABC: Amnesty report slams Indigenous detention rates

      * Background to Justice Reinvestment, Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody


      * AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF CRIMINOLOGY:
      DEATHS IN CUSTUDY IN AUSTRALIA TO 30 JUNE 2011



      - Report

      Australian Institute of Criminology:
      Deaths in custody in Australia to 30 June 2011

      http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/current%20series/mr/1-20/20.html
      May 2013: "Abstract: Compiled for two decades by the
      Australian Institute of Criminology, this report found both
      the Indigenous and non-Indigenous rates of deaths in
      custody have decreased over the last decade and are now
      some of the lowest ever seen (0.16 per 100 Indigenous
      prisoners and 0.22 per 100 non-Indigenous prisoners in
      2010–11). For the last eight years in a row, the Indigenous
      rate of death in prison has been lower than the equivalent
      non-Indigenous rate.
      While Indigenous prisoners continue to be statistically less
      likely to die in custody than non-Indigenous prisoners,
      there is a concerning trend emerging, as the actual number
      of Indigenous deaths in prison are rising again, with 14 in
      2009-10 which is equal to the highest on record.
      More concerning still is that over the 20 years since the
      Royal Commission, the proportion of prisoners that are
      Indigenous has almost doubled from 14% in 1991 to 26% in
      2011."


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      REPORT ON DEATHS IN CUSTODY - PEOPLE DYING AT HIGH RATES



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer:
      Report on Deaths in Custody - people dying at high rates

      http://thestringer.com.au/report-on-deaths-in-custody-people-dying-at-high-rates/
      24 May 13: "Today, the Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus
      welcomed the National Deaths in Custody Program Monitoring
      Report (NIDCP) finding that deaths in custody rates have
      decreased significantly in the past decade. Let us have a
      look if this is really the case. The reality is that
      Aboriginal deaths in custody are one the rise. The report
      is published by the Australian Institute of Criminology
      (AIC). ... In 2010-11 there were 85 total deaths in
      custody of which 21 were Aboriginal deaths and therefore
      25 per cent. Therefore it appears that indeed Aboriginal
      deaths in custody appear on the rise rather than
      decreasing, ... " By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * INGA TING, SMH:
      POLICY FAILURE AS PRISONS FILL WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLE



      - Analysis / Opinion

      SMH: Policy failure as prisons fill with indigenous people
      http://www.smh.com.au/comment/policy-failure-as-prisons-fill-with-indigenous-people-20130526-2n534.html
      27 May 13: "Last week the Australian Institute of
      Criminology delivered its long-awaited report into deaths
      in custody. Its national deaths in custody program was
      established after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal
      Deaths in Custody in recognition that timely, accurate data
      was crucial to reducing the unacceptably high number of
      deaths in our prison and police systems. That this report
      is not months but years late is a snub to the importance of
      that goal." Inga Ting


      * PAUL SIMPSON AND MICHAEL DOYLE, ABC THE DRUM OPINION:
      INDIGENOUS PRISON RATES ARE A NATIONAL SHAME



      - Analysis / Opinion

      ABC The Drum Opinion:
      Indigenous prison rates are a national shame

      http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4717444.html
      28 May 13: "Indigenous Australians make up more than a
      quarter of Australia's prisoner population. It's a social
      policy disaster. Paul Simpson and Michael Doyle offer one
      solution. The continual rise in incarceration rates of
      Indigenous Australians represents nothing short of social
      policy disaster. If reducing the numbers of those in
      prison is to be achieved, then we need to end the reliance
      on incarceration and invest more into new thinking and
      rigorous research on non-incarceration alternatives."
      Paul Simpson and Michael Doyle


      * SBS WORLD NEWS:
      'NO LESSONS LEARNED' ON ABORIGINAL DEATHS



      - Video

      SBS World News: 'No lessons learned' on Aboriginal deaths
      Source: AAP
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1770480/No-lessons-learned-on-Aboriginal-deaths
      24 May 13: "An Aboriginal justice agency says authorities
      have failed to learn past lessons, after new figures showed
      rising numbers of indigenous deaths in custody. ... North
      Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) principal
      legal officer Jonathon Hunyor said authorities had not
      learned lessons from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal
      Deaths in Custody, which handed down its findings in 1991.
      "If we want to reduce the number of Aboriginal people who
      die in custody, we have got to deal with the causes of the
      gross over-representation in custody," Mr Hunyor said."


      - Related Audio

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/am-29-05.mp3
      29 May 13: "Australia’s peak Aboriginal and Islander
      representative body has described growing rates of
      incarceration of its peoples as an "international epidemic"."


      * CAIRNS POST:
      CONCERN AS ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY RISE



      - News

      Cairns Post: Concern as Aboriginal deaths in custody rise
      http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2013/05/26/242872_local-news.html
      26 May 13: "ABORIGINAL deaths in custody are on the rise
      again, 20 years after a royal commission into the issue.
      The Australian Institute of Criminology released a report
      yesterday saying the number of indigenous deaths had
      increased over the past five years. ... "At the heart of
      the problem is the over-representation of indigenous
      people at every stage of the criminal justice system," the
      report said. The report says efforts to reduce indigenous
      deaths in custody must focus on reducing the number of
      indigenous people in prison."


      * BUNDABERG NEW MAIL:
      ABORIGINAL INCARCERATION RATES HITTING CRISIS LEVELS



      - News

      Bundaberg News Mail:
      Aboriginal incarceration rates hitting crisis levels

      http://www.news-mail.com.au/news/apn-newsdeskthe-number-of-aboriginal-people-dying-/1882272/
      25 May 13: " THE number of Aboriginal people dying behind
      bars is again on the rise, a new report shows. The National
      Deaths in Custody Program Monitoring Report, compiled by
      the Australian Institute of Criminology, found the number
      of Aboriginal deaths in custody had risen in recent years.
      Fifteen indigenous prisoners died in custody in 2008/09,
      20 in 2009/10 and 21 in 2010/11. The report also
      highlighted the "over-representation" of Aboriginal people
      in Australia's prisons, adding it was at " the heart of
      the problem"."


      * NIRS:
      SURGE IN DEATH IN CUSTODY NUMBERS



      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Surge in death in custody numbers

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29310/Surge-in-death-in-custody-numbers.html
      28 May 13: "An Aboriginal rights campaigner says the
      application of all Royal Commission recommendations would
      have prevented an increase in the number of Aboriginal
      people dying in custody over the last five years. ...
      North Queensland’s Professor Gracelyn Smallwood says
      government money to address the underlying causes of high
      incarcerations rates hasn’t filtered down to communities."


      * SBS RADIONEWS:
      AUSTRALIA UNDER FIRE IN HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT



      - Audio

      SBS Radionews: Australia under fire in human rights report
      By Ron Sutton and Michael Kenny
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/268482/Australia-under-fire-in-human-rights-report
      23 May 13: "Australia comes in for some tough criticism in
      the annual human rights report by Amnesty International.
      ... The report also calls on Australia's state and federal
      governments to work more closely to address the high rate
      of Indigenous incarceration. Amnesty says Indigenous
      youths account for nearly three in five inmates in
      juvenile detention, despite Indigenous people making up
      only two per cent of the nation's population. Claire
      Mallinson says all levels of government are not taking the
      problem seriously enough. "One of Amnesty's real worries
      is the increasing Indigenous incarceration rate. ... ""


      * TRACKER:
      AUSTRALIA FAILING ON HUMAN RIGHTS:
      AMNESTY



      - News

      newsTracker: Australia failing on human rights: Amnesty
      http://tracker.org.au/2013/05/australia-failing-on-human-rights-amnesty/
      23 May 13: "NATIONAL: Australia is failing to live up to
      its promise to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable
      people, Amnesty International says in its latest report
      card on global human rights. ... The report is also
      critical of Australia’s treatment of Aboriginal people,
      pointing to high incarceration rates."


      * ABC:
      AMNESTY REPORT SLAMS INDIGENOUS DETENTION RATES



      - News

      ABC: Amnesty report slams Indigenous detention rates
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-23/amnesty-international-reports-indigenous-custody-rates-australia/4708602?section=nt
      23 May 13: "A report by Amnesty International says
      Australia must address its soaring Indigenous incarceration
      rates. The State of the World's Human Rights report, which
      was released this week, notes that Indigenous adults are 14
      times more likely to be in the nation's jails than
      non-indigenous people. Indigenous youths are 28 times more
      likely to be in detention. The Northern Territory has the
      highest rate, with 80 per cent of adults and 95 per cent of
      youths in jail and juvenile detention identifying as
      Indigenous." By Jane Bardon


      * BACKGROUND TO JUSTICE REINVESTMENT,
      ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT
      AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:


      Last updated: 15 May 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

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