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Corrective Services

Budget cuts force prison lockdowns

NSW government budget cuts to Corrective Services are forcing prisons to institute prison-wide lockdowns in order to ‘achieve efficiencies’, aggravating tensions within correctional centres and endangering the lives of prison officers. As reported on ABC Online NSW Greens MP and Corrective Services spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “Lockdowns should only be used when the security of […]

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Prison escape rate triples [VIDEO]

Questions on notice asked of the Corrective Services NSW Commission Ron Woodham by  David Shoebridge during recent budget estimates hearings have revealed that the number of prisoner escapes tripled from FY 2010 to FY 2011. Read the report on ABC Online | Watch the ABC News report below  Media comment by Greens NSW Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge: […]

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Budget signals prison privatisation push

In its 2011 Budget, the O’Farrell government has signalled that it is moving to privatise more of the state’s prisons while cutting public prison jobs and protecting the profits of private prison operators. Greens NSW MP and Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “While the government has stated that it will close three prisons, it has […]

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Close private prisons and protect public jobs

Reduced prisoner numbers have been welcomed by the Greens NSW MP and Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge however the first prisons to be closed must be the private prisons and the government must protect the public sector jobs in the industry.

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Review of the Bail Act long overdue

Responding to news that the Government has ordered a comprehensive review of the Bail Act, Greens NSW MP David Shoebridge has said the review needs to address the systematic failure of the current bail system. “A review of the Bail Act is long overdue. The cost of the current bail system is unsustainable and the […]

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Veronnica Baxter Rally

David joined with CAAH and community activists outside the NSW coroner’s Court in Glebe today to demand an inquiry into the death of Veronnica Baxter. Veronnica was an Aboriginal transgender woman who in 2009, while being held on remand hanged herself in her gaol cell. It took two years for the coronial inquiry into the […]

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Ron Woodham should go: prison inquiry a bandaid

Greens MP David Shoebridge has today called on the government to sack the NSW Corrective Services Commissioner Rod Woodham and commit to a whole scale clean up of the NSW prisons system, with a new management team and proper independent scrutiny of its operations. “The urgent state-wide review prison review just announced by Commissioner Woodham […]

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Privatised Prisons Not Delivering and the Public Keeps Paying

The dramatic closure of the newly privatised Parklea minimum security prison, in the wake of the escape of three prisoners this week, is evidence of the failure of the” privatise at any cost” model of government now being adopted by both the ALP and Coalition. NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge said: “Parklea prison was only […]

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