Reform draconian Victorian bail laws!
A new report by Corrections Victoria has revealed that over half of women incarcerated in Victorian prisons are unsentenced, highlighting once more the deep flaws in Victoria’s bail system.
Australia’s age of criminal responsibility is “archaic”
Australia is being urged by 31 countries of the United Nations to reconsider our archaic laws regarding the age of criminal responsibility.
Immigration re-detention raids
Having introduced laws to over-turn the legal decision last December that saw 163 people released from immigration detention, the government has begun re-detaining people. It...
Qld Labor government’s misguided crackdown on juvenile crime
The Queensland Labor government announced on Wednesday, 9th February, that it will be cracking down on juvenile crime, a move many legal advocacy groups have immediately and roundly condemned.
Dylan Voller reflects on Indigenous incarceration
Systemic abuse in NT detention received widespread attention in July 2016 after the ABC’s Four Corners’ exposé “Australia’s Shame” sparked global outrage and prompted the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT.
4th July: land of the un-free
Americans love to celebrate the 4th of July, commemorating their independence from Britain in 1776. School children and adults are taught that the United States...
Juvenile justice a system in crisis
With frequent unlawful lock downs of over twenty hours per day, ostensibly caused by staff shortages, incarcerated youth are being denied access to formal education,...
Angela Y. Davis – ‘Are Prisons Obsolete?’ revisited
In 1969 Dr Angela Y. Davis was fired from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for being a member of the Communist Party USA...
Querying Carrolup: Stolen Generations, art and healing through truth
Carrolup Native Settlement was established near Katanning in the Great Southern region of Western Australia in 1915 under the auspices of the Aborigines Act 1905
Blak death cells – three more black deaths in custody on eve of royal commission 30th year anniversary
Three First Nations people have died in custody this month, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. These three deaths – two in New South Wales (NSW) and one in Victoria – add to the already 440+ black deaths in custody that have occurred over these thirty years, leading families of the victims to declare a national emergency.
Bail laws are not fit for purpose
In early August, the Final Report of the Inquiry into Children Affected by Parental Incarceration was tabled in the Victorian parliament. The Report made damning...
Bring Assange home!
Julian Assange is still awaiting extradition to the US, which, as of the time of writing, is awaiting approval from UK Home Secretary Priti Patel....
Voice and action
The Closing the Gap strategy was set up in 2008, as part of Kevin Rudd’s Apology to Indigenous Australians. The fact that Closing the Gap...
WA: Hopes for change on youth justice
WA’s Inspector of Custodial Services Eamon Ryan has released a damning report on conditions inside Banksia Hill Youth Detention Centre. Ryan prepared the report after...