Deaths in custody

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

The death in custody is alive and well. The myth of it, of course, as evidenced by the slogans and handy posters at the recent Brisbane G20 humbug: the way, the Aborigines would do well to stop, read history and find out what their socialist (both nationalist and internationalist) friends had been doing to, say, gypsies.

The myth of high rates of Aboriginal deaths while in custody has been around for some time; the activistas could not resist flogging the dead horse (if that is a right simile) so in 1987 the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was set up. It investigated 99 Aboriginal deaths in police custody, youth detention centres and prisons between 1980 and 1989. Four years and $30 million later it found “46 per cent of deaths resulted from natural causes ( especially alcoholism and drug overdoses), 34 per cent from suicides, 15 per cent from injuries inflicted by non-custodians and only 5 per cent from custodians’ actions, but not person had deliberately caused a death or deliberately inflicted harm … A surprise finding was that Aboriginal men’s survival rates were better in prison than outside”. / Josephine Flood – The Original Australians, Allen & Unwin 2006, p. 246/

And to the present – Australian Institute of Criminology May 2013 Abstract: Compiled for two decades by the Australian Institute of Criminology, this report found both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous rates of deaths in custody have decreased over the last decade and are now some of the lowest ever seen (0.16 per 100 Indigenous prisoners and 0.22 per 100 non-Indigenous prisoners in 2010–11). For the last eight years in a row, the Indigenous rate of death in prison has been lower than the equivalent non-Indigenous rate.

Deaths in custody, global warming, fracking dangers … can’t they come up with something real to protest about if they have nothing to do and want to get on TV?quill.1

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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2 Responses to Deaths in custody

  1. Germiner says:

    Unfortunately, many Australians believe that the Aborigines are dying in jails in disproportiate numbers. The media ignore the truth and pump the propaganda. Aborigines as victims are useful.

  2. Pinko says:

    The lies are the tools of trade for ABC, SBS, SMH… Don’t expect anything good from them.

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