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  • Aboriginal death in custody prompts call for minor traffic offenders to be kept out of jail
  • By Lorna Knowles, Sam Clark and Mazoe Ford
  • 10/09/2014 Make a Comment
  • Contributed by: MrNatural ( 27 articles in 2014 )
The death of an Aboriginal man in custody has sparked calls for urgent law reform to prevent the high number of people being jailed for "victimless" driving offences.

Stanley Lord, a 39-year-old Indigenous man from Nyngan, in western New South Wales, died in custody while serving an 18-month sentence for driving while disqualified.

It was his seventh conviction for the offence.

Lord had heart problems and was transferred from Long Bay jail to the Prince of Wales Hospital for treatment early last year.

He died while in intensive care. An inquest into his death opened in Sydney today and the coroner will deliver his findings on Thursday morning.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-09/death-in-custody-prompts-calls-for-non-custodial-sentences/5728568


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