All deaths in custody matter

All deaths in custody matter, by Dave Pellowe.

Be alarmed and very sceptical when you hear anyone claim social justice is the goal. Social justice … is just yet another cultural Marxist manipulation of what sounds good to implement divisive identity politics of imaginary grievances of the “powerless” minorities against the “powerful” white, straight men. Just how “powerful” is whitey when he dies in custody?

The facts:

In 1991, David Biles, a criminologist who was the head of the criminology research group of the royal commission, and a small team of researchers “were able to prove unequivocally that Aboriginal people were slightly less likely to die in prison or police custody than non-Aboriginal people.” …

“One of the myths surrounding this subject is the belief that most Aboriginal prisoners are incarcerated for minor offences such as public drunkenness or traffic offences. There probably was some basis for that belief many years ago, but it is certainly not the case today. A glance at the relevant data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows there is very little difference between the severity of the offences committed by indigenous and non-indigenous prisoners. The hard fact is that most of the indigenous prisoners in jail have committed serious offences that would have had the same result if they were not indigenous.

Another fact that will not be welcomed is some research has suggested indigenous offenders may be given lesser sentences than others. Certainly, at an anecdotal level, several individual judges and magistrates will admit in private conversations that they look for a “discount” in the sentences they impose on indigenous offenders. More research is needed on this sensitive issue.” …

Have Aboriginal deaths in custody become a bigger problem now than it was 27 years ago? Yes – because Aboriginal over-representation in prison has doubled in that time. However, the rate of Aboriginal deaths in prison has remained virtually unchanged.

And now? This is from Indigenous deaths in custody: 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, by the Australian Institute of Criminology, February 2019:

National Deaths in Custody Program (NDICP) … data show Indigenous people are now less likely than non-Indigenous people to die in prison custody, largely due to a decrease in the death rate of Indigenous prisoners from 1999–2000 to 2005–06.

Coinciding with this decrease in the death rate of Indigenous prisoners is a decrease in the hanging death rate of Indigenous prisoners. Monitoring trends and characteristics of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous deaths in custody supports the development of proactive strategies addressing this important issue. …

The decrease in the death rate of Indigenous prisoners was proportionately greater than the decrease for non-Indigenous prisoners.

So the amount by which the death rate for non-indigenous prisoners exceeds that of aboriginal prisoners has increased since the 1991 Royal Commission. One might say that, in this respect, “Aboriginal privilege” has increased over the last three decades.

The rate of incarceration of aboriginals is far higher than for non-indigenous Australians.

Crime rates of sub-populations are strongly correlated with IQ. The true test of whether aboriginal and white people are treated differently by the justice system is to compare the aboriginal population with a white sub-population that is matched for IQ. Wouldn’t that make woke heads explode?

hat-tip Stephen Harper, Stephen Neil