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 …


Duty of Care

Australian police and correctional services have a duty of care to all prisoners. This duty of care must ensure the safety of all prisoners, by ensuring their physical and mental health needs are met in a swift and effective manner to prevent harm to the individual or others. Tragic and preventable deaths in custody show …

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Access to Services

Individuals incarcerated within Australian correctional facilities often experience various physical and mental health issues. These issues can be exacerbated by the stress of incarceration. Prisoners must have access to services that will ensure they are able to improve and maintain their physical and mental wellbeing. These services can include, but are not limited to, mental …

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Deaths in Custody

Latest News Funding Approved for National Database on Deaths in Custody Working Together: A Proposal for De-escalation and Safe Restraint for Authorities with Coercive PowerNational Deaths in Custody Database Proposal9 News Reports: Sydney’s Black Lives Matter ProtestsNews Au Reports: Indigenous Women Die in CustodyDeath of Wayne Fella Morrison in CustodyTane Chatfield InquestDavid Dungay Jr Death in …

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Media Release – National Deaths in Custody Database

8th December 2020        Justice Action has recently gained support from the Australian Research and Development Commons to work with AustLII in creating a database dedicated to National Free Access Coronial Findings, Recommendations & Responses. This database was developed in response to the death of David Dungay within Sydney’s Long Bay gaol in 2015. David Dungay …

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Latest News

Death of Wayne Fella Morrison in CustodyDavid Dungay Jr Death in Custody InquestTane Chatfield InquestRate of Indigenous Death in Custody Continues to Rise 

Upper House Inquiry into First Nations Deaths in Custody

The Select Committee on the High Level of First Nations People in Custody and Oversight & Review of Deaths in Custody established an inquiry on June 17th 2020 into the overrepresentation of Indigenous Deaths In Custody. The New South Wales Parliament will focus on the operations and functions of the oversight bodies tasked with reviewing …

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