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NSW Government refuses to fix loophole allowing prison staff to strip-search children

The NSW Government has refused to fix a loophole which allows prison staff to strip-search children. In a rare move, the NSW Ombudsman used his powers to force the Government to respond to his investigation into the use of strip-searches against children in prisons. However, the Government refused to make any changes to the legislation. …

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Infant sues after being strip-searched at Kempsey Jail

The family of an eight-month-old baby strip-searched by NSW Police are suing the State for compensation. The infant was strip-searched by a female officer when his family brought him to Mid-North Coast Correctional Centre to visit his father. The child, by way of his family, are now suing the State of NSW for false imprisonment and …

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London police strip-searched 15yo Black girl at school

Strip searching children has made headlines again after a girl was strip-searched at her London school. The 15-year-old Black girl was searched at her school in London after teachers claimed she smelt of marijuana. The child had to spread her legs, spread her buttocks and cough. To add insult to injury, she was menstruating at …

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Strip searching children: 15yo Black girl strip-searched at school IN EAST LONDON FOR 'SMELLING LIKE WEED'

Forcible strip-search of female inmate violated Human Rights law

The forcible strip-search of a female inmate at a Canberra jail earlier this year breached the territory’s Human Rights Act. The ACT Inspector of Correctional Services released the review into the strip-search last week. He found that the decision to forcibly strip-search the inmate didn’t comply with the Human Rights legislation. Indigenous woman allegedly strip-searched …

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Forcible Strip-search of female inmate violated Human Rights law

Tasmanian female inmates subjected to 841 strip-searches in 7 months

New data reveals that 841 strip-searches of women in Tasmanian prisons took place in a seven-month period, with only three failing the search. The figures obtained by the Human Rights Law Centre under a right to information (RTI) request revealed the data for the period between October 2020 and April 2021. The documents show that …

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Tasmanian prisons female inmates subjected to 841 strip-searches in 7 months

Drug detection dogs during the COVID-19 lockdown

Greater Sydney is under stay-at-home orders, fighting a recent outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 delta strain. However, NSW Police still have their drug sniffer dogs out. Last Thursday, a drug detection dog was doing its thing at Campbelltown railway station, checking essential workers for any trace of illicit substances. While the state follows medical advice …

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CCTV of strip-searches and showers of children in detention should be removed, report states

A report from the ACT Inspector for Correctional Services has found that security cameras of children showering or being strip-searched violate their dignity. He recommended the removal of the cameras. ACT Inspector for Correctional Services Neil McAllister released the ACT’s youth detention centre’s first healthy centre review. He found that while strip-searching practices are sound, …

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CCTV of strip-searches and showers of children in detention should be removed, report states

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller to retire next April

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has announced he will leave his job when his five-year tenure ends next April. The top cop hasn’t been without his fair share of controversy over his 34-year police career. A 34-year police career, not without controversy Fuller took over the role from his predecessor Andrew Scipione after the Lindt …

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BREAKING NSW POLICE COMMISSIONER MICK FULLER TO RETIRE IN APRIL 2022

Strip-searches on youth should be illegal, Ombudsman says

The NSW Ombudsman has stated that naked strip-searches performed on three children in view of CCTV cameras were unreasonable. The Ombudsman also recommended outlawing such searches. Three children climbed onto the roof of the Frank Baxter Youth Justice Centre in November 2019 and refused to come down. According to a report tabled in Parliament on …

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Strip-searches on youth should be illegal, Ombudsman says

Over 5000 strip searched with nothing found still get permanent police record

Thousands of people have been left with a permanent police record after strip-searches, despite the searches coming up clean. Data from Redfern Legal Centre shows that between 2018 and 2020, over 5,500 people had their details recorded in the central police database after being strip-searched. Police found none of those people with anything illicit. Sixty-one …

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