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Take a Stand Against Deaths In Custody

BREAKING: 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 uncovered the shocking disparity between the treatment of First Nations people compared to non-indigenous peoples, with a significantly higher number of First Nations people dying from treatable medical conditions and being denied adequate and timely care.2

An unpaid fine should never warrant a death sentence – but with over 147 deaths in the last decade alone it's clear the death toll is rising.3

We need broad sweeping change, but an Independant Detention Monitor is a crucial first step to provide urgent protection for First Nations People in custody.

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

Your race does not make you more likely to commit a crime. Experts have found that Aboriginal people are often incarcerated for minor offences and are unfairly targeted under regimes like mandatory sentencing in the Northern Territory and other states 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

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407 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

After successive government failings, it’s clear we need an independent detention monitor.

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