Indigenous Australian incarceration and death in custody rates – why has it not been fixed?

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Indigenous Australians have long been subjected to racial discrimination at the hands of non-indigenous people, and, come 2020, this has resulted in major inequities between the two population groups.

Indigenous incarceration rates and deaths in custody are significantly disproportionate in comparison. The government and police response to ‘The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody’ published 29 years ago still has not satisfied the aboriginal community nor seen a reduction in the high rates.

Sherry Fisher-Tilberoo became at least the 441st indigenous death in police custody since 1991 after she was found unresponsive in a Queensland cell on the 10th of September.

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