Self-inflicted deaths in Australian prisons


This report examines the changes in the prevalence and nature of self-inflicted deaths in prison over 34 years, comparing data from 1980 to 1998 and 1999 to 2013. While a significant decrease in prison suicides reflects considerable progress in policy and practice developments, suicide remains a more common cause of death in the prison population than in the general community. The report considers prison suicide risk factors including gender, criminal history, Indigenous status, legal status and psychiatric needs.

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© Australian Institute of Criminology. 2016