Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Queensland Government’s “war on youth” won’t fix crime

The Queensland Government‘s latest knee jerk reaction to a spate of tragedies leaves already vulnerable children in an even more vulnerable position. Earlier this year, three people were killed in incidents involving children. A young couple tragically died near Brisbane when a 17-year-old was driving a stolen car whilst intoxicated. Another young woman was killed …

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Open letter to renew funding for cognitive disability justice support scheme

Dear Attorney General Mark Speakman, The overrepresentation and disadvantage experienced by people with cognitive disability in the criminal justice system has been long recognised. If you have an intellectual disability or another cognitive disability like autism or acquired brain injury then you need specialist support if you come into contact with the police and the …

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Open letter to renew funding for cognitive disability justice support scheme JAS CIDP

Disability Royal Commission looks into criminal justice system

Advocates for a First Nations man with cognitive disability detained for 14 years say they will renew his case for justice in the United Nations. Winmartie’s* two guardians both gave evidence to the Disability Royal Commission examining the interactions of people with a cognitive disability and the criminal justice system. Winmartie has been in detention …

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Disability royal commission looks into criminal justice system

Inquest into 2015 death in custody begins

*This article contains photographs of an Aboriginal person who has passed away* The coronial inquest into the death of Aboriginal man Danny Whitton has begun this week as his family demands justice. The 25-year-old Wonnarua man died in a Sydney hospital after an accidental drug overdose at Junee Correctional Centre. The inquest is set to …

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Coronial inquest into 2015 death in custody begins

Overcrowded NT Jails at tipping point, Parole Board warns

Jails in the Northern Territory are at a “critical tipping point” according to the head of the NT Parole Board. With widespread drug use, failing rehabilitation programs, and staff resistant to reform, the jails are overcrowded with fewer people heading out on parole. “The environment in which the Parole Board functions is also becoming increasingly …

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Overcrowded NT Jails at tipping point, parole board warns

NSW Police officer acquitted of assaulting Indigenous man in custody

A NSW Police officer has been acquitted of two counts of common assault after a District Court judge accepted that the force was reasonable and not excessive. In 2019, Senior Constable Jeames Iaian Murray was captured on CCTV footage pushing Indigenous man Patrick Little‘s head into a wall, before throwing him into a cell door. …

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Senior Constable Murray Cleared of charges of assaulting Patrick Little

Offensive language, assault police, resist arrest: The Trifecta Arrest

To criminal defence lawyers, clients getting charged with offensive language, assault police and resist arrest is called the ‘trifecta’. Offensive Language – Under the Summary Offences Act 1988 (NSW) section 4A, offensive language is illegal if someone uses it in or near, or within hearing from a public place or a school. Resist Arrest – Resisting …

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Trifecta Arrest: Offensive language, assault police, resist

Former Royal Commissioner into Youth Justice Slams QLD “crackdown” on youth crime

Former co-commissioner of the Northern Territory’s Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children Mick Gooda slammed Queensland’s new response to youth crime. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced several new tough measures to be implemented as part of a ‘crackdown’ on youth crime. While Mr Gooda supported calls to address youth crime, he doesn’t agree with …

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New QLD Laws to crackdown on youth crime

Kamilaroi man pushing for a healthier community on The Clink

Growing up in one of the roughest streets in Redfern, in inner city Sydney, Kamilaroi man Jeffrey Morgan was always cautious of the life paths he could have ended down. From a young age, Morgan made a conscious effort to look after himself, and encourage others to do the same. Today, Morgan is the creator …

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Jeffrey Morgan on The Clink

Indigenous woman allegedly strip-searched in front of male inmates

An Indigenous woman at the Alexander Maconochie Centre in Canberra was allegedly strip-searched by male officers, in full view of male inmates. The 37-year-old was on remand at the centre which houses both male and female inmates. She was allegedly strip-searched naked by officers including two male officers and two male nurses, with multiple male …

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Indigneous woman allegedly strip searched at Alexander Maconochie Centre in front of males
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