Justice Action is against recent government proposals to develop new correctional centres across the country. Prisons merely breed more crime; we are of the view that funds used to construct new correctional facilities should be redirected towards important community needs such as education, health, post release programs, public housing, transport, and rehabilitation facilities across the country. Spending money in these areas would provide community service opportunities as an alternative to incarceration.
Justice Action believes that subjecting women to the mercy of the correctional system is not the best way to combat female crime. Instead, we need to address the root causes behind why women are committing specific offences.
Prison violence is a major issue among prisoners and is one that requires urgent attention. Justice Action aims to campaign against prisoner violence, making prisons safer for inmates. Justice Action does not per se maintain a facilitator with specific responsibilities for Deaths in Custody-related issues. Rather, we recognise all deaths in custody, under any circumstance, as the ultimate failure in the duty of care that is incumbent upon police and corrective services to fulfil. The immediacy of response required when a death in custody occurs is a JA group responsibility.
Justice Action views as vital the right of all prisoners to have their health needs met in the most culturally specific and accessible manner possible. To that end, Justice Action negotiates with and lobbies government and health service providers to prisoners.
Justice Action also meets regularly with the CHS that has primary responsibility for meeting the health needs of NSW prisoners. Justice Action passes on complaints about the quality of health care and health services to the CHS and other investigative bodies. Justice Action sees restorative justice and mentoring as the way forward with social problems. Both are rational extensions of community support, which satisfy the needs of victims and make us all safer. But the prison industrial complex is fighting tooth and nail to keep its hostages, and us all afraid.
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