Prisons

Prisoners’ Original Letters

Latest NewsTechnical Response/not destroy mail May 2024Geneva Convention Right to Original letter – March 2024Inspector Criticises Practice – November 2023Minister Questioned about Letters 8/11/23Parliamentary Questions to Minister 01/03/24 OverviewPrisoners have received original letters from their loved ones since the establishment of Australia as a penal colony in 1788. However, the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Amendment […]

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Music in Prisons

Music in Prisons Paper  This paper discusses the benefits that music programs have on the wellness of prisoners. These programs give inmates a chance to show persistence, creativity and flexibility. These are all values that are consistent with stability for inside and outside of prison. Innovative thinking is required to lower the prison population and

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Recidivism

Many people return to prison after having completed a sentence. They are released and then go on to reoffend. This represents a structural failure of the justice system to create law abiding citizens and a safer community. Imprisonment itself is identified as a cause of crime rather than a solution.  Justice Action has been working

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COVID COURT CASE: THE HURDLES WE FACE

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

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Summary of COVID-19 Related Complaints

Correction centres included: Bathurst Correctional Centre Cessnock Correctional Centre Clarence Correctional Centre Dillwynia Correctional Centre Geoffrey Pearce Correctional Centre Goulburn correctional centre Junee CC Kirkconnell correctional centre  Long Bay Correctional Complex Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre (MRRC) Mid North Coast Correctional Centre Parklea Shortland Silverwater South Coast Correctional Centre Unknown Contact issues [Name Redacted] Inmates

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Build Homes Not Prisons

There has been a dramatic increase in Australia’s prison population in the last two decades despite falling crime rates. This is not a result of a growing population or more men and women turning to crime, but rather tougher laws, enhanced policing, and the failures of imprisonment. Data shows that individuals who are sentenced to

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