Year: 1993 Source: The New Zealand Medical Journal, v.106, no.948, (January 27, 1993), p.1-3 SIEC No: 19930183

This article reviewed suicides in New Zealand prisons (1973-88) & police cells (1980-91) to assess whether Maori people were particularly vulnerable. Among prisoners, risk of suicide for Maori men was very similar to nonMaoris (38.7 Maori & 40.4 nonMaori suicides per 100,000 male prisoners per year). Maori men were 6 times more likely to be in prison. Conclusion: reduction of Maori suicides in custody is most likely to be achieved by tackling the overrepresentation of Maori people in custody.