Rate of Indigenous Death in Custody Continues to Rise

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers please be advised that this article may discuss people who have passed away.

Another tragic Indigenous death in custody has been recorded in WA. This is the third death over the last 2 months in the state.

The man was found unconscious in his dormitory in Roebourne Prison last night. The department has advised there will be an inquest into his death, but local authorities have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

His death follows a 19-year-old taking his own life and a 40-year-old who collapsed and passed away at Acacia Prison within the last two months. The department has said it will “seek cultural advice from community elders” in its response to yet another tragedy.