Corrections Victoria would like to acknowledge the passing of a prisoner at Ravenhall Correctional Centre on 7 March 2021.
All deaths in custody are reported to the Coroner, who formally determines the cause of death.
As the prisoner was an Aboriginal man, the Aboriginal Justice Caucus was advised on the day and we continue to work closely with them and the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria.
The family of the man were notified with our condolences, and a Smoking Ceremony is being arranged.
We recognise that all deaths in custody have impacts on family members, friends, corrections staff and the Aboriginal community, and we’re working to ensure they are provided with the support they need.
All in-person personal visits to Victorian prisons recommence Saturday 6 March 2021.
For more information on how Corrections Victoria is responding to the potential risk of coronavirus (COVID-19), see Our response to coronavirus (COVID-19).