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Program for young First Nations offenders expanded
A program that tries to break the cycle for Indigenous juvenile offenders by sending them to regional areas rather than detentio...
Fraser Barton 21 Feb 2024
'Failing Aboriginal Children' : Experts blast WA Minister for comments on judiciary
WA’s Corrective Services Minister has been condemned by legal professionals for comments criticising judges and magistrates over...
Dechlan Brennan 16 Feb 2024
"Our system punishes vulnerability" - Queensland Commissioner urges alternatives to incarceration
The increasing numbers of Indigenous children in prison is alarming and demands urgent action, according to Queensland’s Family...
Dechlan Brennan 29 Jan 2024
'Ongoing Failure' : Open letter criticises Victorian government's anti-torture protocol delays
A coalition of Indigenous, legal and human rights groups have written to the Victorian Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes expressing...
Dechlan Brennan 22 Jan 2024
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
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 supportive activities and relationships are some of the imp...

Dechlan Brennan Jan 16, 2024
Youth justice methods under the microscope as groups urge Queensland government to change approach to avoid further incarceration

Human rights, Indigenous and legal groups have written submissions to the Queensland Government, urging them to move away from the ‘tough on crime’ approach that has done little to...

Dechlan Brennan Jan 15, 2024
Alleged vigilantes charged, denied bail for assaulting Indigenous children in Queensland

Two alleged vigilantes have been denied bail after chasing and handcuffing three Indigenous boys aged between 12 and 14 who they believed were trespassing in Mareeba, near Cairns. ...

Dechlan Brennan Jan 5, 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 "unacceptable and outrageous case of child abuse" and a yo...

Giovanni Torre Jan 3, 2024
Prison Inspector calls for overhaul of WA juvenile detention system

WA’s prisons inspector has joined a chorus of critics of the state’s juvenile detention system calling for an urgent overhaul in the wake of footage showing footage of guards manha...

Dechlan Brennan Jan 3, 2024
UN watchdog urges Australia to reduce prisoners on remand

The United Nations’ anti-torture watchdog has urged Australia to stop the excessively high number of people being held in jails whilst on remand or awaiting sentencing, as well as...

Dechlan Brennan Dec 22, 2023
Police officer who assaulted Aboriginal teenager avoids prison time

A police officer who assaulted an Aboriginal boy during a violent arrest which left the victim injured and bleeding on the ground has escaped prison time.  Ryan Barlow, 30, was fo...

Dechlan Brennan Dec 15, 2023
Law Society calls out WA police minister's criticism of court ruling

Lawyers have criticised the West Australian government’s complaints regarding a magistrate's ruling involving a 10-year-old Indigenous child, labelling it “inappropriate” and under...

Dechlan Brennan Dec 15, 2023
Family circumstances see children denied bail, report reveals

A disturbing lack of accountability and transparency around a fragmented youth justice system are just some of the findings in a report into the use of watch houses by the Queensla...

Dechlan Brennan Dec 13, 2023
Aboriginal Legal Service WA wins Law category at Australian Human Rights Commission Awards

The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia has been honoured at the 2023 Australian Human Rights Commission Awards, winning the Law Award. ALS WA chief executive Wayne Nann...

Giovanni Torre Dec 8, 2023
NSW government to use IT for education, social interaction and music in youth detention

NSW Minister for Youth Justice Jihad Dib has confirmed plans to equip youth detainees with computer tablets by the end of the financial year. Digital technology is poised to enhan...

Joseph Guenzler Dec 7, 2023
WA's missing minister: Dr Buti's disappearing act

In just over a month, Western Australia's Aboriginal community has been rocked by a series of events. Yet, in this tumultuous period, our Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Dr...

Zak Kirkup Nov 19, 2023
SA Government must vote to stop children being held in adult watchhouses - advocates

The South Australian government has been urged to ‘walk the talk’ on its commitment to closing the gap, by taking an important stand and voting down the proposed Young Offenders Re...

Giovanni Torre Nov 15, 2023
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