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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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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

The Media v Voller – The High Court Hearing

The matter of Fairfax Media, Nationwide News and Australian News Channel against Dylan Voller made its way up to the High Court of Australia on Tuesday 18 May. Almost four years since Mr Voller filed his defamation claim against the media companies, the full bench of the High Court heard the matter. In legal speak, …

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First Nations people and the criminal justice system – a tiring story of discrimination

First Nations people are more likely to be refused bail, more likely to get jail sentences and are grossly over-represented in the prison population. First Nations kids are also grossly over-represented in juvenile detention centres and are unfairly targeted in programs such as the Suspect Target Management Program. And yet, the Northern Territory Government, the …

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First Nations people and the criminal justice system - a tiring story of discrimination

Chief Minister Gunner: Don’t abandon the NT Royal Commission

ADD YOUR VOICE HERE Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has blatantly ignored the Royal Commission by announcing changes to the Territory’s handling of youth crime. The NT will make changes to the Bail Act and the Youth Justice Act to create “tougher than ever consequences”, according to Gunner. Principal Solicitor Peter O’Brien worked in …

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Throwing them in jail fixes nothing_ - Archaic changes to NT youth bail criticised

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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Queensland Government's "war on youth" won't fix crime

‘Treat kids like kids’ – former President of WA Children’s Court speaks out

Former President of the Western Australia Children’s Court urges courts to treat children, like children. Denis Reynolds said that courts have shifted to being more concerned with the seriousness of the offence than the children’s welfare. Some of the Aboriginal children who appeared before him were so young and small he could hardly see them …

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President of Childrens Court WA speaks out on Indigneous incarceration

Tasmania Police cut clothes off teenager during strip search

A 17-year-old Aboriginal teenager was strip-searched in Hobart CBD, with her clothes cut off by Tasmania Police. The teenager was stopped by police after trying to catch a bus home, as strict bail conditions prevented her from entering the city centre. Spokeswoman for the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Nala Mansell said the teenager was left ‘shaken …

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Aboriginal teenager was strip-searched in Hobart CBD, with her clothes cut off by Tasmania Police.

NT Police Officer threatens to ‘belt the f***’ out of Aboriginal teens in Alice Springs

A Northern Territory Police officer has been caught on CCTV grabbing, shoving and verbally abusing a teenage boy in Alice Springs before threatening to “belt the f**k out” of three others. The ABC obtained the footage after a long-fought Freedom of Information request was finally granted. The footage was recorded in March 2018 when a …

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NT Police Officer threatens to assault Aboriginal teens in Alice Springs

Young people, criminal records and employment discrimination

Marrickville Legal Centre is hosting a free webinar on young people, criminal records and employment discrimination. The webinar will take place tomorrow, Friday, November 6 at 1 pm. The webinar will focus on changes in legislation, and the impact on young people trying to move on with their lives. “In recent years we have seen …

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Marrickville Legal Centre is hosting a free webinar on young people, criminal records and employment discrimination.
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