In December, the NSW Government launched a pilot diversion program to help people with a cognitive impairment charged with low-level offences access services that address the underlying causes of their offending behavior. For further information about the program, click here.
Emma Ryan in Deakin News says Norway and other Scandinavian countries such as Sweden, focus heavily on rehabilitating prisoners, rather than punishing them further. This is not the case in Australia, although she does refer to some potential developments happening here.
The Guardian Australia’s analysis of the current problems in the criminal justice systems across Australia. Link here.
Keenan tells Boiling Frog his inspirational journey of how he made it out of prison. Link here.
This service will assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples sentenced in prison to access support to find employment and reintegrate. It will commence in prisons in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Tasmania from January 2018. The service will … Continue reading →
A New South Wales study concludes that programs that are flexible; accessible to those on short sentences; and take a holistic and long-term view of health and wellbeing, are best placed to help address the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait … Continue reading →
This study documented a high prevalence of FASD which had not been previously identified. It concludes that ‘the findings highlight the vulnerability of young people, particularly Aboriginal youth, within the justice system and their significant need for improved diagnosis … Continue reading →
Law Report interview with Kriti Sharma who is a researcher in the disability rights division at Human Rights Watch.She authored the recently released report I needed Help instead I was punished: Abuse and Neglect of Prisoners with Disabilities in Australia. … Continue reading →
Jeff Hunt is a teacher at at the Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre within the YJ Centre. Link here to the story on him by Mark Dapin.
‘Building pathways outside of the criminal justice system that incorporate housing is critical for both the promotion of community safety, and for the people inside our prisons’ writes Sophie Russell and Mindy Sotiri. Link here