Prison Issues

Penal Abolition

Latest News ICOPA (International Conference on Penal Abolition) Overview The Penal Abolition movement rejects the use of incarceration as a form of social control and community maintenance. Penal abolitionists challenge the current use of policing, courts and prisons to control populations as a means of solving social problems. The movement fights against the overlapping interests …

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The juvenile justice system

The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) manages young offenders by means of supervision within the community or within Juvenile Justice Centres under remand or control (sentenced) orders. Under the Children’s (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987 and associated legislation, young offenders are defined as aged between 10 and 18 years. Depending on the security and risk level …

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Computers in Cells

Latest News NSW Budget Estimates Committee on Counter Terrorism & CorrectionsACEA ConferenceWorld First: Computers in Prison Cells With Phones November 27, 2020Victory: Computers for Legal Access in Liritis v State of New South WalesPoor Computer Access – W.A. Prisons Inspector World Distribution of VictoryPrisons NSW AgreementVictory: Computers in Cells to be ImplementedCost of Inaction – Prisoner Domestic ViolenceACT …

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Computers in Juvenile Cells

The lack of access to technology for juveniles in detention centres has been said to be a “significant shortfall” in relation to prisoner education. While all jurisdictions officially mention the importance of education for youth offenders in detention, no jurisdiction has implemented computers in cells that would allow it to effectively happen. But it is …

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Youth

Overview The subject of youth crime has been one of much public debate over the last few years. Statistics demonstrate that many youths who resort to crime face serious social and economic marginalisation. Furthermore, our juvenile clients commonly report experiences of neglect and physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Justice Action believes that major changes have to be made …

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