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Analysis of Junee Prison Death
Coroner's Report Into Junee Prison Death

OVERVIEW
Following an inquest into the death of Keith Howlett at Junee Correctional Centre, a private prison run by GEO, Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame heavily criticised GEO, Correctional Services NSW and Justice Health for their poor management of prisoners’ health conditions, particularly in relation to palliative care. The Coroner’s report highlights just one of the many serious issues with private prisons and condemns the way Mr Howlett’s health conditions were managed during his time in prison.

Overall, the Coroner condemned the callous actions of Justice Health, the GEO and the Commissioner of Corrective Services for not addressing the important issue of access to adequate palliative care within prisons. Mr Howlett was suffering unnecessarily due to the shortcomings of Junee, GEO, the Commissioner for Corrective Services and Justice Health.

 

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