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Prayer Vigils for Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

On the second anniversary if the death of her brother, Latoya Hohepa and Common Grace's Brooke Prentis join Open House to call on people to pray over aboriginal deaths in custody.

By Stephen O'DohertyMonday 24 Sep 2018Open House InterviewsNewsReading Time: 1 minute

Listen: Waka Waka woman Brooke Prentis and Wiradjuri woman Latoya Hohepa in conversation with Stephen O’Doherty

The Common Grace movement will hold prayer vigils across Australia on Wednesday 26th September for Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

In 1991 a Royal Commission investigated 99 deaths that had occurred in the previous decade and made 339 recommendations. Only a small number of those have been implemented.

In the decade and a half since the Royal Commission there have been more than 400 further deaths of aboriginal people in while in custody.

One of those was the death of Wiradjuri man Wayne Fella Morrison. His death, while on remand awaiting a bail hearing in South Australia in 2016, is currently the subject of a Coronial Inquiry.

The prayer vigil will be held on the second anniversary of his death.

Wayne’s sister Latoya Aroha Hohepa and Common Grace Aboriginal justice spokesperson Brooke Prentis joined us on Open House in a conversation about justice, truth-telling and forgiveness.

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  • To find out about the prayer vigils, including one local to you, visit the Common Grace website.
  • In 2015 Amnesty International, with law firm Clayton Utz, reviewed the implementation by States and Territories of the Royal Commission’s recommendations. See their report here.