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Footage of guard assaulting Aboriginal child in WA prison sparks renewed calls for sweeping change
Leading Indigenous justice advocates say the assault of a child in Unit 18 by a much larger and older prison guard captured on C...
Giovanni Torre 19 Jan 2024
Footage from 2022 Banksia Hill riot shows "outrageous child abuse", says Amnesty International
Footage from 2022 of Banksia Hill riot squad using force on a 16-year-old boy has been released, highlighting yet another "unacc...
Giovanni Torre 3 Jan 2024
Noongar rapper Flewnt inspires youth detainees
Noongar hip hop artist Flewnt has served as a source of inspiration for youth at Banksia Hill Detention Centre in WA. The rappe...
Rhiannon Clarke 13 Dec 2023
WA Justice Department head quits amidst ongoing crisis in the youth justice system
The Director General of Western Australia’s Department of Justice, Adam Tomison, has announced he is stepping do...
Giovanni Torre 11 Dec 2023
New prison won't solve youth justice crisis, advocates warn
The announcement of the development of a business case for a new facility to replace WA's notorious Unit 18 should not deflect a...
Giovanni Torre 30 Nov 2023
Former bikie and prisoner finds redemption as role model

A former outlaw motorcycle gang member and convicted criminal has turned his life around, spearheading a new program to help keep young Aboriginal people away from a life of crime ...

Giovanni Torre Nov 23, 2023
Ben Cousins drafted to tackle crisis in WA youth justice system

Former West Coast Eagles and Richmond star Ben Cousins has been called in to work with Banksia Hill detainees as part of a “rehabilitative” football game against a Perth high schoo...

Giovanni Torre Nov 21, 2023
Respect for children's rights and health needs - the key to youth justice reform

I recently attended the CanFASD research network conference in Canada. One of the presenters was talking about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) a...

Dr Meg Perkins Nov 17, 2023
17-year-old in WA's notorious Unit 18 hospitalised after another self-harm incident

A teenager held in Western Australia's notorious Unit 18 youth detention facility was taken to hospital Friday after being found with fabric wrapped around his neck.The 17 year-old...

Giovanni Torre Nov 11, 2023
Senior guard slept as Cleveland Dodd attempted suicide, reports reveal as ALS slams Minister's "new low"

An ABC investigation has revealed that the senior officer on duty the night Cleveland Dodd attempted to end his life was lying down in his office with the lights off, partially und...

Giovanni Torre Nov 9, 2023
Youth injustice: WA Labor's darkest chapter

In Western Australia, no entity has betrayed young Aboriginal people more profoundly than the current state government.   Labor touts its commitment to social justice, its...

Zak Kirkup Oct 26, 2023
Commissioner replaced after teen's death in custody

Western Australia's corrective services commissioner has been replaced and a prison officer suspended following the death of an Indigenous teen who self-harmed in the youth wing at...

Rachael Ward Oct 25, 2023
Officer allegedly asleep when Indigenous teen took his own life

Warning; this story contains the name and image of a person who has died. It has been alleged an officer on duty at Western Australia’s Unit 18 juvenile detention centre was aslee...

Callan Morse Oct 25, 2023
Family of Cleveland Dodd, who died in custody aged 16, speaks out

The family of Cleveland Dodd, the 16 year-old Indigenous boy who died in custody after being found in his cell at Unit 18, Casuarina prison, has issued a statement, published in fu...

Giovanni Torre Oct 20, 2023
WA Government ignored warnings of risk to youth in Unit 18, justice advocates say

Warning; this story contains the name and image of a person who has died.Amnesty International Australia says WA Premier Roger Cook and Corrective Services Minister Paul Papalia "i...

Giovanni Torre Oct 20, 2023
Corruption and Crime Commission to investigate 16 year-old's death in custody

Western Australia's Corruption and Crime Commission is investigating the death in custody of a 16 year-old Indigenous boy after receiving an allegation of serious misconduct within...

Giovanni Torre Oct 20, 2023
Indigenous boy in critical condition after being found unresponsive in WA detention centre

A 16-year-old Aboriginal boy is in a critical but stable condition in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital after being found unresponsive in his cell at a Western Australian youth detenti...

Giovanni Torre Oct 12, 2023
Advocates seek answers after reform expert removed from WA youth justice role

Indigenous youth justice advocates have called for answers after it was announced the mental health expert appointed to oversee reforms to WA’s Banksia Hill Detention Centre would...

Giovanni Torre Oct 5, 2023
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