‘Beyond heartbreaking’: 500 Indigenous deaths in custody since 1991 royal commission
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Five hundred Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have died in custody in Australia in the 30 years since a royal commission handed down a report aimed at preventing Indigenous deaths in the justice system.
The national Aboriginal legal service released the grim toll on Monday, saying it is “beyond heartbreaking”.
The latest Australian Institute of criminology figures show there were 489 Indigenous deaths in custody since the end of the 1991 royal commission to June 30, this year.Continue reading...