Our Pick Report

Our Pick Report

Justice Action is proud of its work with mental health. The Our Pick Report is a report written by Justice Action concerning the state of mental health in Australia.


Justice Action decided to focus on the mental health area after it had become apparent that a new strategy was required to…

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Redeveloping the Penal Colony




As Australians, we pride ourselves on upholding the qualities of freedom, egalitarianism, tolerance and mutual respect. So where in history lie the origins of our cherished ideal of the ‘Australian way of life’?

If we…

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Xmas Day Prison Visits

"They’ve killed Santa and the Easter bunny.  Lucky they can’t get at God"  Those words on a prisoner's card perfectly express the vindictiveness of the system. Media release


Over 2,700 children and family members each…

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Youth crime analysis

Current stage 2008-9

Young people are our future, so when they turn down the path of deviancy it is our responsibility to pick them up and get them on the right track. If we invest in the interests of our children it will make our communities brighter places in times to come.

Early intervention with…

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Therapeutic Communities

Therapeutic communities with restorative justice and mentoring are effective
solutions to community problems. Our own experience of positive responses to
trust and sharing are entirely applicable in the area of crime. The Alexander
Maconochie’s Norfolk Island experience, Jimmy Boyle’s story of the…

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Right to Choose

Smoking rights for Mental Health Consumers
NSW Health has imposed a smoke free policy on mental health locked facilities, removing exemptions. The vulnerable patients are traumatised. Eighty percent smoke. We support their dignity and 'right to choose' - personally controlled since European…

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Prisoner Voting Rights_310807

Prisoner Voting Rights_310807

Voting Rights for Prisoners report 2/07

In Aug 2004 Federal Parliament restricted the right to vote in Federal elections to those serving sentences of three years or less.

Now the coalition has barred all prisoners from voting in federal elections with the introduction in late 2006 of the Electoral…

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Mental health prisoners

Mental Health Act/Forensic provisions government review current NSW 3/07

Generally speaking, forensic prisoners exist in a sort of limbo between 'involuntary patient' and 'convicted prisoner' that in practice often results in them getting the worst of both worlds.

Forensic prisoners

  • Are denied…

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