To assist the work of Justice Action in the local community of Australia, and to promote criminal justice worldwide, we study also the prison conditions in other jurisdictions outside Australia. Recent work includes a meeting with Chinese Prison Delegation and an International Survey on youth access of computers in cells.
Justice Action was invited by Legal Awareness Watch Pakistan to present a live talk on Zoom during a Juvenile Justice Systems Act workshop (26th-27th May 2021). The presentation consisted of an analysis of Pakistan’s demographics and problems in their judicial and political systems in relation to the recent Juvenile Justice Systems Act 2018. By comparing Pakistan’s current juvenile justice system to that of Australia and NSW, JA made recommendations and suggestions.
Justice Action facilitated a meeting between East Timor Consul-General Luciano Valentim Da Conceicao and the President of the Community Justice Coalition and International Commission of Jurists, The Hon John Dowd AO QC on Wednesday February 3, 2021.
It was decided to support the creation of an NGO focused on prisoners in East Timor. This follows the success of the world first NSW Computers in Cells program. Further collaboration between NGOs, politicians, and lawyers of both countries will take place over the coming months as well as engaging prisoners of East Timor themselves.
A delegation of six Chinese prison bureaucrats from the Hangzhou Municipal Justice Bureau, visited Justice Action on the 15th November. The delegates from the Zhejiang province, China were led by Deputy Director Mr Zhang Liansheng. They wanted to know about our operations, how we represent prisoners’ interests and improve the social and mental health of prisoners. They also wanted to exchange information and ideas, as well as to set up a friendly relationship.
On 10 August 2017, Justice Action had a meeting with a delegation of 24 officials of the Bureau of Prison Administration, People’s Republic of China. We presented to them our work on supporting a better system of reintegration by reducing the distance of prisoners from the community, and the delegation talked to us about the restorative justice system in China. Both JA and the Delegation benefited from the meeting.
Computers in Cells is one of our major campaigns in Justice Action. We have studied the access of computers for juvenile offenders all over the world, and found it desirable for the youth offenders in New South Wales, and in all of Australia to have computers in Cells. Such services can provide prisoners with the opportunities to have access to email, education services and counselling services which would reduce their reoffending rate upon release. Currently, in the Alexander Maconochie Center, ACT, all prisoners have access to computers in cells, and the effect of such policy is significantly beneficial to the rehabilitation of prisoners.