Key Case

Tracy Brannigan is a key case that exemplifies the failure of the current punitive responses to drug offences. In 2009, Tracy was convicted on various drug-related charges and was sentenced to serve a six-year sentence. On 25 February 2013, Tracy died of a drug overdue in her cell while serving her sentence at Dillwynia Correctional Centre. The day before she died, Tracy’s cellmate Lauren Ironside and a visitor Kat Armstrong both stated she was high. If so, Dillwynia Correctional Centre should not have placed Tracy into a high needs’ cell, isolated from her friends and support structure. Rather, she should have been placed into a ‘dry cell’ where she would be cut off from access to drugs and constantly supervised should she need any support. Had the proper services been provided, such as drug rehabilitation, intervention, dry cell and sufficient monitoring, Tracy would likely be alive today.

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