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Unlawful Imprisonment of Minors Involved in People Smuggling

A group of 50 Indonesian minors who crewed asylum seeker boats are seeking compensation from the Australian government claiming that they were wrongfully imprisoned in adult detention facilities. Some of the minors were detained in maximum security facilities for over 2 years with their human rights neglected. The Australian government has previously faced similar compensation …

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Australia Criticised for ‘Serious Shortcomings’ in Human Rights Record

The latest Human Rights Watch report released yesterday provides extensive criticism of Australia’s Human Rights records. O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors agrees with many of the findings having represented clients whose human rights have been neglected by institutions. The HRW report has identified some crucial areas as follows. Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Refugees Australia …

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Peter O’Brien on Current Issues in Juvenile Justice

The Northern Territory is not alone when it comes to flagrant human rights abuses against some of the most vulnerable children in our community. Cases like Udin Sarfin’s and Saiful Baco’s illustrate the Commonwealth’s preparedness to put political expediency and populism before its concerns for basic civil liberties, including commitments under the United Nations Convention …

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Peter O'Brien solicitor on 60 Minutes

Improper practices in youth detention: a national crisis?

In the wake of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, we have been heartened to see other State and Territory governments conduct reports into the conditions of their own juvenile detention centres. However, what has emerged from these reports are chilling stories of abuse, self-harm & the …

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Northern Territory Royal Commission: Day One

Day One of the Royal Commission wasn’t day one in any substantive sense – it was merely a directions hearing, the purpose of which was “to inform key stakeholders and the public about the nature and scope of the Commission”. Regarding the scope of the Commission, it has become clear today that the inquiry will focus …

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Juvenile Justice Done Wrong, and How to Do It Right

Before the Northern Territory Royal Commission begins in October, let’s take a short breather to remind ourselves what it is we’re examining. Don Dale showed us the worst of what juvenile detention can be. Four Corners broadcast footage of children as young as thirteen being abused, assaulted and belittled. These children – denied opportunities and …

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Security Classifications of Life-Prisoners

I’ve said this too many times: when the criminal justice system is forced to kow-tow to the rants of the media, bad decisions ensue. Victim’s mother goes to media about killer’s security classification downgrade In July of this year, the mother of a deceased victim learned that her daughter’s killer had a downgrade from a …

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A Survey of Prison Conditions and Post-Prison Options

An astounding 40.3% of prisoners in Australia are back in prison within two years of release. We’ve been following The Conversation’s ‘Beyond Prison’ series on issues relating to prison conditions and post-prison release – this blog post summarises the best insights from across the articles. Andrew Day advocates a smarter, evidence-based approach to rehabilitation in …

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Australia’s Prison Overcrowding Epidemic

Australia is facing an epidemic, and no, we are not in a law and order crisis. In fact, that very perception is part of the problem of Australia’s rampant prison overcrowding. Australia’s prison population is increasing Recent BOCSAR statistics show a 10% increase in Australia’s prison population over the past year, resulting in a ten …

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