Miscarriages of Justice
There is currently no regulated way by which persons in NSW - wrongly convicted but then exonerated - can obtain compensation.
Beyond Bars - Policing
Does more police necessarily mean lower crime rates?
Privatisation of New Zealand Prisons
The NZ National Coalition Government has proposed privatisation of NZ prisons following the defeat of Labour in 2008. NZ community organisations and prisoners asked for assistance for a consultation with NZ prisoners and brought a Justice Action Coordinator from Australia to help. JA wrote to the Minister for a consultation. She refused but the consultation occurred on May 4 2009. Prisoners, prison officers, the union and administrators were all involved.
The local community was promised jobs and economic stimulation to the tune of $10 million a year in return for bearing the stigma of being a prison town. So although Nowra can expect all the stigma and consequences that come with playing host to the states newest correctional mistake it is unlikely to see the $10 million flow on stimulus the local community was promised when accepting the proposal.
Privatisation of NSW Prisons
The NSW Governments attempt to privatise Cessnock, Parklea prisons and court transport offers a window on the disaster that prison privatisation has proven around the world. The Legislative Council has been holding an Inquiry and received 453 submissions all except eleven opposing it.
Q: What is expungement?
A: Expungement is often equated to the sealing or destroying of legal records. Each state offers its own definition of expungement, based on different rules and laws. Generally, expungement can be viewed as the process to "remove from general review" the records pertaining to a case. But the records may not completely "disappear" and may still be available to law enforcement.
QLD Review of Sexual Offences
Queensland review of legislation based on the case of Dennis Ferguson. Queensland Public Protection Model For the Management of High Risk Sexual and Violent Offenders. Queensland review and JA submission.
Transgender inmates pose a unique problem within the correctional system. They are at a far greater risk of assault, particularly sexual assault. Transgender women are at particular risk if they are placed within a male correctional facility. Transgender inmates classified by the Department of Corrective Services include persons who have been identified as being non-biological male or female gender, with or without having undergone gender-related surgery or hormone therapy appropriate to their choice.
International Foundation for a Prisonless Socety (IFPS).
Privacy is the interest that individuals have in sustaining a 'personal space', free from interference by other people and organisations. Privacy can be broken down into many areas, such as privacy of the person; privacy of personal behaviour; privacy of personal communication; or privacy of personal data. Privacy laws, while significant in that they protect the private affairs of individuals, should not be misused to deny discussion of matters of public concern.
Sexual violence and Transgendered Inmates
Part of the susceptibility of transgender prisoners to sexual assault in the prison setting is the excessively masculine nature of the prison environment.
Prisons as Part of the Community
This is a key to JA's work. It was presented to the NSW Legislative Council 2009 as part of the campaign against the corporate privatisation of prisons. It is an analysis of the conflicting policies of social exclusion and community building, giving examples of how they conflict in practice and offering some direction for change.
New Quasi Prison System - COSPS
There has been a dangerous development of a quasi-prison system being created around the resettlement of ex prisoners. Instead of people ending their sentence and returning to the community with support from non-government organisations and mainstream services, Corrective Services has begun taking federal homelessness money and extending the prison system by stealth. They are calling them COSPs but in reality they are controlled by the prisons department, where curfews and in some cases even permission to meet family members has to be granted two weeks in advance.