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Experts say MP's approach to NT youth crime is not evidence-based
Experts have criticised calls from Labor MP Marion Scrymgour for the NT to show “tough love” to juvenile offenders, arguing her...
Dechlan Brennan 23 Feb 2024
Marion Scrymgour: youth laws aren't working in the NT
Indigenous MP Marion Scrymgour has argued children who commit crimes need to be treated with “tough love", arguing raising the a...
Dechlan Brennan 22 Feb 2024
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
Advocates welcome "game changer" plan for national Indigenous children's commissioner
Leading advocates for Indigenous children have hailed the federal government's commitment to establishing a National Commissione...
"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 a “deep concern” for the state’s ongoing failure to...

Dechlan Brennan Jan 22, 2024
Wunan Foundation head urges new thinking to tackle alcohol "genocide" of Aboriginal people in north WA

The head of an Aboriginal development organisation in WA's north has urged a new approach to address alcohol abuse in Indigenous communities. The executive chairman of East Kimberl...

Giovanni Torre Jan 19, 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 CCTV footage drives home the urgent need for immediat...

Giovanni Torre Jan 19, 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
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
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
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 down after seven years in the role. During this period...

Giovanni Torre Dec 11, 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
NSW Bar Association urges state to take action on raising the age of criminal responsibility

The NSW Bar Association called on the NSW Government to "establish the support services required to be able to raise the age of criminal responsibility within a clear timeframe".Th...

Giovanni Torre Dec 6, 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 attention from the ongoing harm caused to incarcerate...

Giovanni Torre Nov 30, 2023
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