Black deaths and white commissions: The politics of investigating Aboriginal deaths in and outside custody

Paul Wilson, RA Lincoln

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[Extract] As a result of widespread public concern about Aborigines dying in police and prison custody, the Australian Prime Minister established a Royal Commission on 17 June 1987. This Commission was given the brief to enquire into the reasons for this national tragedy at a time when Australia was approaching its Bicentennial celebrations.
One of the major findings to emerge from research conducted by the Commission was that the proportion of Aborigines in both police and prison custody was similar to the proportion of Aboriginal deaths in each form of custody. This was interpreted as meaning that there was no difference between the black and white rates of deaths in custody. Those who had opposed the establishment of the Commission therefore asserted that the issue of Aboriginal deaths in custody was not a problem of special significance.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 1991
Externally publishedYes
EventAmerican Society of Criminology Annual Meeting: Crime and Inequality - Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, United States
Duration: 20 Nov 199123 Nov 1991
Conference number: 50
https://www.asc41.com/Annual_Meeting/programs/1991/program91.html (Annual Meeting Program)

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ConferenceAmerican Society of Criminology Annual Meeting
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period20/11/9123/11/91
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    Wilson, P., & Lincoln, RA. (1991). Black deaths and white commissions: The politics of investigating Aboriginal deaths in and outside custody. Paper presented at American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, United States.