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COVID-19 prison outbreak: Urgent release of non-violent offenders needed to prevent devastation

A COVID-19 prison outbreak is growing inside Parklea Correctional Centre, in Sydney’s Western Suburbs, where at least 31 prisoners have tested positive to the deadly virus. Law reform groups and First Nations advocates have been calling for a policy response since the beginning of the pandemic. So far, the NSW Government has let them down. …

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Urgent release of non-violent offenders needed to prevent devastation of COVID-19 in prisons

Incarceration Nation: Exposing our unjust justice system

Thousands of First Nations people wake up behind bars every day, including children. Incarceration Nation lays bare the story of the systemic racism built into our justice system. The documentary is told by First Nations people, experts, academics and those directly impacted by the current criminal justice system. “Families continue to fight for justice and …

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Incarceration Nation Exposing our Unjust justice system

Family sues Australian Government for death of son on Manus Island

The parents of an Iranian asylum seeker murdered on Manus Island has launched legal proceedings against the Australian Government. The family has also launched proceedings against the security firm G4S. In 2014, 23-year-old Reza Berati was beaten to death by guards during a riot at the controversial immigration detention centre. Seventy-seven other asylum seekers were …

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Family sues Australian Government for death of asylum seeker son on Manus Island

QLD Police officers investigated for racist social media posts

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll says an investigation is underway in relation to officers behind racist social media posts. Carroll states that the Queensland Police Service will take disciplinary action against officers if necessary. Facebook group revealed The announcement comes after The Australian revealed racist posts within a private Facebook group of Queensland police officers. …

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QLD Police officers investigated for racist social media posts

Four charged, chemical weapons used on inmates after protest at Parklea Prison

Four men are facing charges following a #BLM protest at Parklea Correctional Centre last Monday. The four men – aged 20, 23 and two aged 22 – were transferred from Parklea to Riverstone Police Station on Friday where they were each charged with rioting. Armed officers used chemical “munitions” (weapons) on 14 inmates on the …

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Four charged, chemical weapons used on inmates after protest at Parklea Prison

Family of Aboriginal man who died in custody was prevented from visiting him because of COVID-19

Frank “Gud” Coleman was found unresponsive in his cell on the morning of last Thursday 8 July in Long Bay Jail. The 43-year-old Aboriginal man hadn’t seen his family in 18 months due to restrictions on in-person visits. The Ngemba man was healthy, according to family, which has set off alarm bells as to the …

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Family of Aboriginal man who died in custody was prevented from visiting him for 18 MONTHS because of COVID-19

Family to take death of David Dungay to United Nations

A complaint will be lodged with the United Nations on behalf of the Dungay family to argue that no proper investigation into the man’s death occurred. The lawyer for the family announced on Thursday that he will lodge the complaint at the UN human rights committee in Geneva. This move is an attempt to force …

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Family to take death of David Dungay Jnr to United Nations

NSW Police demanded #BLM mural be removed by council

NSW Police made multiple calls to have the City of Sydney Council remove a Black Lives Matter mural that depicted a burning police car. Recordings obtained by ABC News Breakfast have revealed that New South Wales police officers contacted the council at least four times in 24 hours, in the height of the #BLM movement. Within …

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NSW Police tried to have BLM mural removed from private property

Forty-one deaths in custody, one year on from #BLM in Australia

One year ago, the NSW Court of Appeal overturned a Supreme Court decision ultimately allowing the #BlackLivesMatter march to go ahead as planned. Tens of thousands of people flocked to Sydney’s Town Hall to take a stand for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Protesters were demanding an end to deaths in custody, with 434 deaths at the …

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Forty-one deaths in custody, one year on from #BLM in Australia

Spit Hoods: Time has come to ban the archaic restraints

The call to ban spit hoods in Australian prisons has renewed following the campaign from the family of an Indigenous man who died in custody. Wiradjuri, Kokatha and Wirangu man Wayne Fella Morrison was 29 years old when he died in Yatala Labour Prison in September 2016. Morrison was involved in an altercation when prison …

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Spit Hoods Time has come to ban the archaic restraints
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