Death and dying in prison in Australia: national overview, 1980-1998

J Law Med Ethics. 1999 Fall;27(3):269-74, 210. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720x.1999.tb01461.x.


Author discusses the role of the Australian Institute of Criminology in monitoring deaths in people in custody in Australian prisons on a national basis. She provides an overview of deaths in prison custody between 1980 and 1998, noting a shift in the cause of death of Indigenous prisoners from natural causes to self-infliction.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Australia / epidemiology
  • Cause of Death*
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander / statistics & numerical data
  • Prisoners / statistics & numerical data*