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New reports urge improvements to youth justice systems nationwide
Better mental health and disability assessments, supporting families and parents, and developing a network of culturally support...
Dechlan Brennan 16 Jan 2024
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
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 “reha...
Giovanni Torre 21 Nov 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 Nati...
Dr Meg Perkins 17 Nov 2023
Families of young Unit 18 detainees who self harmed speak out
Warning: this report discusses self-harm and contains the name of someone who has died.Family members of two Western Australian...
Giovanni Torre 15 Nov 2023
Qld Aboriginal & Islander Health Council urges Indigenous-led reform on deaths in custody and incarceraton rates

Following the death 16-year-old Aboriginal boy Cleveland Dodd in the Unit 18 youth detention facility at Perth's adult Casuarina Prison, the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Heal...

Giovanni Torre Nov 1, 2023
WA Premier says youth prison cell is "necessary evil" after traumatic incident involving young boy

The WA government is facing renewed criticism of their justice system after Premier Roger Cook called a youth unit inside an adult prison a “necessary evil”.  Mr Cook’s comments c...

Jarred Cross Oct 13, 2023
Grants open for community justice reinvestment initiatives

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities are invited to apply for local justice reinvestment initiatives under the federal government’s National Justice Reinvestment Progr...

Giovanni Torre Sep 15, 2023
The system is the real "terror" in youth justice

It’s the WA Government and not “terrorists” that are the cause of the troubles in Banksia Hill youth detention centre.How can the West Australian Premier Mark McGowan get away with...

George Newhouse May 24, 2023
New research shows "crisis" connection between out-of-home care and incarceration

New research demonstrates a clear link between out of home care and incarceration, finding evidence of systemic racism, a lack of visibility of people who have been in care, and an...

Jess Whaler May 19, 2023
Demonstrators at Banksia Hill urge youth justice reforms

More than 200 people gathered at Banksia Hill Detention Centre on Sunday in response to the recent riot and ongoing conditions in the youth prison as well as comments made by WA Pr...

Giovanni Torre May 14, 2023
Fires, mass police presence at Banksia Hill as almost 50 detainees riot at youth prison

Western Australia's Department of Justice is responding to a major disturbance at the Banksia Hill Detention Centre involving almost 50 juvenile detainees. Inmates began surrender...

Giovanni Torre and AAP May 10, 2023
WA Opposition urges on-Country solutions, diversionary programs to keep Indigenous children out of prison

Western Australian Opposition spokesperson on Aboriginal Affairs, Mia Davies, has urged changes to the state’s approach to youth justice in the wake of ongoing problems plaguing de...

Giovanni Torre May 2, 2023
Victorian government to raise age of criminal responsibility but fall short of expert standard

Victoria will raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12, with a view to raising it to 14 within four years, after state cabinet approved the plan on Monday afternoon.O...

Protestors target WA Premier's office over failure of youth justice system

Protestors gathered outside the electoral office of WA Premier Mark McGowan on Friday to call for youth justice reforms.The action was called by community group Break the Cycle.Gro...

Rhiannon Clarke Mar 17, 2023
Amnesty International urges Queensland government to drop plan to criminally charge children for bail breaches

Amnesty International Australia has called on the Queensland government to put children’s rights first and drop proposed legislation to detain children who breach bail, contrary to...

Giovanni Torre Feb 24, 2023
Songs For Freedom album and concert tour urges an end to incarceration of Indigenous youth

Leading arts and social change organisation Big hART and The Freedom Collective launched a new album, Songs for Freedom, on Friday, featuring music by Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi art...

Rhiannon Clarke Feb 19, 2023
ALSWA condemns government's "shameful failure" to respond to Supreme Court's youth lockdowns ruling

Western Australia’s Aboriginal Legal Service has slammed the state government for the ongoing use of lockdowns in Banksia Hill youth detention centre despite a Supreme Court ruling...

Giovanni Torre Feb 17, 2023
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