Prison Issues

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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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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