Allies & Friends

No matter how much we labor within our particular issues and organisations, it will be through the support links and networks we build together, that will allow us to counterbalance and overcome the resources of governments and entrenched bureaucracies.

The NSW Criminal Justice Coalition

Justice Action is a founding member of the Criminal Justice Coalition – a group of New South Wales based organisations and individuals working in prison reform and criminal justice. Its aims are:

  1. to advance respect for human rights and freedomsCJC logo
  2. to advance just and effective outcomes in criminal justice systems
  3. to advance community awarenessof criminal justice issues; and
  4. to monitor developments in the criminal justice system.
    The CJC participates in regular meetings with the Commissioner and officials of the NSW Department of Corrective Services, and with the Minister for Corrective Services.

Prisoners Legal Service – Queensland 

Prisoners Legal Service provides legal information, advice and assistance to prisoners in Queensland and their families and campaigns for justice in the criminal justice system. “It is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, thatQLD prisoners service logo human rights should be protected by the rule of law.”

The Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Their excellent website can be found at:


The National Network of Community-Based Criminal Justice Activists in Australia. 2nd NNCCJA Policy Statement

ICOPA (International Conference On Penal Abolition)

Justice Action is one of several contacts in the Asia-Pacific region. As one of their major representatives, we proudly mirror their home pages here.

Prisoners’ Justice Alliance

People’s Justice Alliance is an alliance of groups and individuals opposed to the privatisation of the criminal justice system, specifically prisons. In addition PJA is concerned with the struggle to ensure the rights of people within the criminal justice system. Their aims are:

1. Educate the community about issues which surround imprisonment and the criminal justice system.
2. Stop the private sector building, managing or owning prisons or prison services, focussing on, but not limited to, women’s prisons.
3. Develop and fight for the implementation of humane alternatives to prisons. Prisons are soul destroying places. Women and their children in the criminal justice system are particularly disadvantaged by the eagerness to use prisons before exploring other options.

They distribute a newsletter four times per year throughout Australia and overseas.
Contact them by email or in writing to PO Box 1567, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, 3066.

The Penal Lexicon Home Page

Information on matters concerned with prisons, criminal justice and penal affairs. Primarily the focus is on prisons in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.The objective is to throw light on the twilight world of prisons and the treatment of prisoners.


The local website for UNICEF although without specific details regarding Australian detention centres, contains a lot on what the Convention on the Rights of the Child says about the administration of juvenile justice. Material on mandatory sentencing will be added soon.     

PJA People’s Justice Alliance

People’s Justice Alliance is an alliance of groups and individuals opposed to the privatisation of the criminal justice system, specifically prisons.

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