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Australian Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: Black Death White Hands
For those that died in Prison, it seems the Government has most certainly failed them. Although facilities and services can be improved to help prevent the number of Aboriginals that find themselves in prison, there must also be improvements inside the walls of Australian prisons. Mental health is a major problem, programs must be run to help prisoners, Indigenous or not. To help them cope with the situation, and prevent the deaths that occur frequently. It is important to note that a high percentage of inmates are in prison as a result of mental health issues. (Section E, Chapter 24).
Despite the Royal Commission's 339 recommendations, Indigenous people are still 14 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Indigenous Australians (Site 1). In the Northern Territory, around 72 % of the prison population is indigenous. After the Royal Commission there has been little done, the government seems to be full of good intentions but does not act on their 'good will', they're happy enough just throwing money at the problem. There has been little improvement in the situation, the public does not realise that even with a Royal Commission the problem has not been resolved even partially. Something must be done, the numbers of Aboriginals in prison needs to be looked at and a more sympathetic viewpoint needs to be taken, it is indeed the fault of the invaders that so many Indigenous people are imprisoned and die as a result.
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