Prison Issues

De-escalation

Our aim is to secure better outcomes for inmates by facilitating a collaborative process amongst key stakeholders, ensuring that inmate safety is emphasised. Clear and effective policies which mandate the use of safe restraint and de-escalation processes, are necessary to ensure further deaths in custody are prevented. De-escalation can be defined as a ‘reduction of …

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Working Together: A Proposal for De-escalation and Safe Restraint for Authorities with Coercive Powers

Ongoing deaths in custody have provoked increased tensions across Australia in response to both international and domestic events. The lack of cohesive, mandatory training across all states and jurisdictions partnered with a lack of transparency with the public by corrective services has meant there is little clarity regarding the utility of current policy. Furthermore, there …

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Report on Coroner’s Decision and Recommendations

On December 29 2015, David Dungay Jr died in Sydney’s Long Bay Prison Hospital after being violently manouvered by corrective service officers, held face down and sedated because he refused to stop eating a rice cracker. Today, the coroner’s findings and Recommendations into the death of David were revealed. Outside the NSW State Coroner’s Court at Lidcombe …

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Anticipating Coroner’s Decision and Next moves

Anticipation for Coroner’s Findings November 22nd 2019 Below is: * what the family wants from the Coroner* what is likely to happen* next moves David’s family’s recommendations to the Coroner David Dungay’s family wants the prison officers and nurses who caused the death of their son will be held responsible. Their lawyers were the specialist …

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Benefits of Education

      Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing        Reducing Substance Abuse       Reducing Recidivism       Employment and Rehabilitation       Personal Development and Self-expression Firstly, we believe that education will improve the wellbeing of the prisoner during their time incarcerated. Education carries enormous potential in simply providing a positive outlet …

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Prisoner Public Education Attacked

In May 2016 the Minister for Corrections, David Elliott, and the Commissioner of Corrective Services NSW, Peter Severin, announced the ‘Better Prisons’ initiative, which would remove over 130 qualified teaching positions in NSW prisons. The proposal would see administrative clerks replace the senior education/education officers and outsource the provision of education to private providers.  The proposal to privatise …

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Health

Latest News COVID-19: Prisoner’s Plea for ReleasePrisoner’s COVID-19 Court ChallengePetition for Prisoner ReleasesOpen letter to Governments on COVID-19 The United States Establishes Powerful Precedent for Rates of COVID-19 in Prisons Contents Resources Coronavirus Must Not Enter Prisons Imprisoned Populations’ Vulnerability Risk to the Wider Community Proposal Justice Action Lobbying Commissioner of CSNSW on COVID-19 Consumers Ejected …

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Prison Privatisation

Latest News Media Release: New Grafton Prison Opening (Clarence Corrections Centre)Media Release: Private Prison Serco takeover: Royal Commission callJunee Prison DeathGrafton Private PrisonThe Failure of Private Prisons in the US – August 2016Social Impact Bonds Critique 2016 Overview Privatisation refers to the transfer of ownership and management of prisons from the government to private sector actors. …

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Women in Prison

Latest News Expanding Berrima: women-only prisonEx-criminal Kat Armstrong Approved to Practise As Lawye Overview Prison is not an isolated institution, it is part of a continuum in the control of women, whether by our lack of access to economic independence, violence, racism or specific laws that target women such as prostitution and social security. The society that …

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