On March 14th 2022, Justice Action received correspondence from Senior Solicitor Tom Allchurch, on behalf of the Commissioner of Corrective Services, regarding the ongoing proceedings pertaining to the Supreme Court case of COVID-19 in NSW prisons.  The Commissioner of Corrective Services has labelled the proceedings as ‘untenable and nugatory’ due to two reasons. Firstly, the Court …


Justice Action’s Submission to the ACT Legislative Assembly Regarding the Parliamentary Inquiry on the Decriminalisation of Drug Use

As a member of the Australian Capital Territory Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS), as well as an ‘essential’ presence at the NSW Drug Summit and International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA) (1997), Justice Action support the decriminalisation of drug use in Australia. Australian drug laws are regressive, punitive and harbour a very strict approach as they are influenced by the ‘war on drugs’ mentality. Instead, legislative change must be implemented to enable the introduction of a Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) for those who wish to use it. This is to ensure the prevention of disease transmission within prisons, as well as to secure detainees’ rights to an equivalent healthcare system.

Prisoners’ Rights to Access Health Services

The Laws of the Australian Government recognise that a person’s capacity to access health services is not compromised by reason of imprisonment and that all people have a basic right to health. This recognition is evidenced in Australia’s international treaty obligations. There is little doubt that prisoners are amongst the unhealthiest people in Australia. The …

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Drugs & Prisoner Health

The New South Wales Corrections Health Service (CHS) estimates that about 80% of prisoners have been imprisoned for offences related to legal or illegal drug use or committed whilst under their influence. Drug Use in PrisonJustice Action raises concerns about improper medication and treatments when these arise. Justice Action also supports calls for the use …

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Long Bay Patients Lockdown

The Victory for the Long Bay mental patients time out of cells isn’t over! Campaign report. It went to Parliament for an Urgency Debate on 12/11/08, and we had the majority. But Minister Hatzistergos’ promises were not kept. Media release 2nd Dec Patient statement Over recent weeks, concerns were expressed that there would be delays in the transfer of …

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