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Prisoners’ Original Letters

Latest News Minister Questioned about Letters 8/11/23 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 (Inmate Mail) Regulation 2020 (NSW) now prevents prisoners from receiving original letters and envelopes. Justice Action has received reports from prisoners regarding …

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NSW Budget Estimates Committee on Counter Terrorism & Corrections

An Update on Computers in Cells 24 November 2021 In a letter to Justice Action, Acting Commissioner of Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) Kevin Corcoran has provided an updated status of computers in cells. Currently, he estimates around 7,000 prisoners have a device that they can use after lock-in hours. CSNSW has 600 existing tablets that …

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COVID-19 in NSW Prisons

80% Vaccination Rates in Prisons  Last edited: 25/10/2021 This document has been created to summarise the potential risks for prisoners in the event that the targeted 80% vaccination rate is reached in NSW prisons. Table of Contents Introduction 2 Increased COVID-19 Transmissibility in Prisons 2 Recognising prisons as a vulnerable place for COVID to attack …

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Justice Action Outside the NSW Supreme Court

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FpByrLERjA Justice Action’s Brett Collins, Jacob Grech & Rachel Evans at a speakout outside the Supreme Court of NSW. JA is assisting the plaintiffs, who are families of prisoners in their case against the NSW Dept of Corrections to force them to implement measures including the ability to social distance, mandated exercise & open air periods, computer …

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Report on Conversation with Parklea Prison Governor

The Coordinator of Justice Action had a call with Mr Paul Baker, the Governor of the Parklea Correctional Centre on Friday 24 September regarding the COVID-19 situation at the Centre. That conversation responded to the concerns of the prisoners’ families, namely living standards, modes of communication and the lack of access to technological communications.  JA mentioned that …

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NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the Government’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic

https://youtu.be/5Z8bYHHV5-Mhttps://youtu.be/scT-WUyOMho Justice Action recently testified at the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry Into the Government’s Management of the Covid-19 Pandemic.   The afternoon of 17 September 2021 concerned the management of Covid in the Prison system, with the 2.15 pm session hearing from prisoner advocates and the 3.15 pm session from the public servants overseeing the response. …

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