Month: November 2020

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World First: Computers in Prison Cells With Phones

Media Release: November 27, 2020 We are proud to announce a world first. Computer tablets are now available to NSW maximum security prisoners in their cells, with access to rehabilitation services and education providers, as well as telephone contact with their families.  ABC Radio National interviewed Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin and a family member. Read the …

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Southern Cross University Now Open to Prisoners

Latest News Southern Cross University Now Open to Prisoners Southern Cross University (SCU) is now providing higher education courses that can be completed by incarcerated individuals around Australia. SCU will provide learning materials online or through hard copy course guides for those with limited or no access to the internet. In line with the recent …

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Funding Approved for National Database on Deaths in Custody

We are excited to announce a victory for Justice Action. This year we have worked hard on lobbying for a national database into deaths in custody. AusTLii, the Australiasian Legal Information Institute, will now receive funding from the public sector bridges program for the National Free Access Coronial Findings, Recommendations & Responses. In addition, the …

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Prisoners in high security prisons use internet tablets in cells for calls for the first time in Australia

For the first time in Australia, computer tablets are available in cells for prisoners to use for rehabilitation, communication, and education. Dillwynia Correctional Centre, John Morony Correctional Complex, and Clarence Correctional Centre are the first. The phone call capabilities of these tablets in cells has extended the otherwise strict call times, now allowing inmates to …

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Ban Strip Search NSW Coalition – Protest on 19 November 2020

Justice Action had the opportunity to co-host a peaceful protest against strip searches in women’s prisons in front of the Silverwater Correctional Centre.  The demonstration was also co-hosted by Nelly’s Healing Centre, Indigenous Social Justice Association, Macquarie University Women’s Collective and Sydney Socialist Alliance. Without the support of these organisations the protest would not have …

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Women’s Justice Network Takeover

Latest NewsWJN Takeover Decision!Report hearing final day July 24. 2020Report hearing seventh day February 21. 2020Report hearing sixth day February 20. 2020Report hearing fifth day February 19. 2020Barrister Catherine Gleeson scurries away November 21Report hearing fourth day of trial October 18Report hearing third day of trial October 17Report hearing second day of trial October 16 Report …

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Working Together: A Proposal for De-escalation and Safe Restraint for Authorities with Coercive Powers

Ongoing deaths in custody have provoked increased tensions across Australia in response to both international and domestic events. The lack of cohesive, mandatory training across all states and jurisdictions partnered with a lack of transparency with the public by corrective services has meant there is little clarity regarding the utility of current policy. Furthermore, there …

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Stop the Strip Searches in Women’s Prisons Protest!

This coming Thursday (19th November 2020) at 1pm, a protest will be held outside of Silverwater Correctional Centre, Wayne Smith Drive to protest the use of strip-searching of women in prisons.  Strip searches are a serious breach of human rights and undermine Australia ratification of OPCAT. The recent ‘Inspection of Mary Wade Correctional Centre’ states …

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