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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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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

Governor of Silverwater women’s prison arrested for alleged assault of inmate

The Governor of Silverwater women’s prison has been arrested and charged for allegedly assaulting and choking an inmate. Corrective Services has suspended Tracey Mannix from her role following her arrest.   Corrective Services suspends Silverwater prison governor after assault arrest The NSW Police’s corrective services unit launched an investigation following a referral from Corrective Services …

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NSW Drug Court expands to Dubbo to tackle ice epidemic

The NSW Drug Court will expand to Dubbo in an effort to tackle the ice (crystal methamphetamine) epidemic that has swallowed regional communities. The court seeks to keep drug-dependent offenders out of prison and has achieved impressive results: the reoffending rate amongst participants is 17% lower than people outside the program. The court already exists …

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NSW Drug Court expands to Dubbo to tackle ice epidemic

BREAKING: Prison visits cancelled; Courts closed to visitors

All in-person visits to prisons have been suspended at all correctional centres. This is in response to the cluster of COVID-19 cases in Sydney. Court visitors curtailed Additionally, the Chief Magistrate of the Local Court of New South Wales Judge Graeme Henson AM made an order restricting visitors to NSW Local Courts. “I ORDER in …

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BREAKING Prison visits cancelled; Courts closed to visitors

NSW budget: Prioritising police & prisons over homelessness

The NSW Government has announced almost $7 billion for prisons and policing, but only $1.1 billion for tackling homelessness. Greens MLC David Shoebridge says that this shows where the Coalition’s values lie. “Budgets are about choices. NSW Government chose punutive responses instead of supporting communities to have their fundamental needs met,” Shoebridge said. NSW Government …

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Mouse plagues and no clean drinking water: The state of NSW prisons

The mouse plague that has taken over regional NSW has entered Wellington Correction Facility, causing the evacuation of hundreds of inmates. The facility, which houses up to 750 male and female inmates, has been overrun with the pests since early May of this year. A Corrective Services NSW spokeswoman said they were baiting and using …

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Mouse plagues and no clean drinking water The state of NSW prisons

Wellington corrections officer pleads guilty to cocaine supply

A corrections officer at Wellington jail in the state’s central west has plead guilty to cocaine supply and possessing unauthorised firearms. The 29 year old Dubbo man was caught supplying 25.1 grams of cocaine in the small town of Geurie, 30 kilometres east of Dubbo, on 5 May last year. On the same day, he …

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Wellington corrections officer pleads guilty to cocaine supply

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

Deaths in Custody rally marks 30 years since Royal Commission

This Saturday 10 April is a National Day of Action against black deaths in custody. WHEN: Saturday 10 April at 1pm WHERE: Sydney Town Hall WHAT: Protest and March It marks 30 years since the release of Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. It also showcases the lack of progress …

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