Deaths in custody in Australia: National Deaths in Custody Program 2011-12 and 2012-13. AIC Reports. Monitoring Report 26.
Ashleigh Baker and Tracy Cussen
Australian Institute of Criminology
In this report, information is presented on deaths in prison custody, as well as deaths in police custody and custody-related operations across Australian states and territories for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial years. The data presented in this report include frequencies of deaths in custody and information regarding the deceased, including demographic information and cause of death.
The information held in the National Deaths In Custody Program (NDICP) database is based on two main data sources: NDICP data collection forms completed by all state and territory police services and correctional services agencies and sent to the AIC whenever a death occurs, and coronial records, such as transcripts of proceedings and findings, as well as toxicology and post?mortem reports.
This report highlights some of the key issues identified for deaths in custody for the period 2011-12 and 2012, as well as identifying specific trends evident from 1979-80 onwards.