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Aboriginal incarceration figures a growing shame

Today’s BOCSAR release on Aboriginal incarceration in NSW shows a system in growing crisis, where Aboriginal people consistently fare worse than they have in the past. The report shows that more Aboriginal people are facing our courts, and a greater percentage of those facing court are receiving a custodial sentence. Time in custody is also […]

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Media release: Rising prison assaults a symptom

Media release 30 January 2017 Rising prison assaults a symptom Statistics released by BOCSAR today show that years of law and order auctions and backward State bail laws have led to a prison system that is overcrowded, failing to rehabilitate inmates and just plain unsafe. The data shows that over the last two years there […]

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Media release: Crime down but the system harsher than ever

Media release 6 December 2016 The latest state-wide crime figures from BOCSAR thankfully show that most crime categories are down. However behind this is a remarkable story of an increase in prison population, more people held in jail awaiting trial and harsher treatment of young people in the justice system. Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson […]

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Bill to close CNS loophole

Today we gave notice of a bill that would require the Custody Notification Service (CNS) to be notified every time an Aboriginal person is detained. This was a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Currently there is only a requirement to notify where a person is arrested and charged, and in […]

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Aboriginal justice demands far more than another inquiry

The Indigenous incarceration inquiry today announced by the Federal Government is a symbolic recognition of our broken criminal justice system, but comes 25 years after the ground-breaking report from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was handed down. The bulk of these recommendations have still not been implemented. Just last month the Bureau […]

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Abbott and Baird’s knee-jerk bail reform will not work

Abbott and Baird’s plan to further amend bail laws to automatically refuse bail to anyone identified as a terror suspect goes beyond the recommendations in the joint Martin Place siege review, and pre-empts the outcomes of the coronial inquest. Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “The proposal to automatically refuse bail is a […]

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