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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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Media release – 14 May 2022

Justice Bleby congratulated SA Department of Correctional Services and Justice Action for reaching an agreement that ensures the Election newspaper JUST US will be given to every SA prisoner to inform their vote. All political parties had contributed to the paper specifically for detainees. This agreement avoided an urgent constitutional hearing before the election. Justice …

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JUST US Vol.9

The 2022 edition of JUST US has been distributed to 40 000 people in prisons in 6 jurisdictions.  With the upcoming Federal Election, this issue aims to provide prisoners with insight into the values held by various political parties. We hope that this serves as useful guidance in deciding on which party to support and …

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Justice Action Year in Review 2021

The 2021 year has been very successful despite all the disturbances. * Lobbied for a National Database into Deaths in Custody * Published a Report condemning forced medication on vulnerable individuals as a breach of the Optional Protocol for the Convention Against Torture * Initiated legal proceedings to challenge governments’ entitlement to hold people in prisons in breach of COVID-19 Public Health Orders  …

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ACEA Conference

An Update on Computers in Cells 30 November 2021 On November 16th and 17th 2021, the online Australasian Corrections Education Association (ACEA) Conference promoted the benefit of technology in prisons and mental health facilities in making education more accessible. Education in prison helps to reintegrate prisoners into society as they are given chances to develop …

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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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