Tag Archives | Juvenile Justice

Private Prisons

This speech was delivered on 20.09.2016 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the original contribution here. The United States of America leads the world in many ways. One of those is in jailing its own, with the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world. Of course, that surge started with the Reagan administration’s […]

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National Royal Commission into children in jail is needed

A Royal Commission into Northern Territory juvenile detention is an important first step after the appalling evidence from last night’s Four Corners, but this Royal Commission must be expanded to cover all states and territories. There is a crisis in our prisons that is not just limited to the Northern Territory, and across the country […]

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Profiting from child abuse

An opinion piece by David Shoebridge, originally published in the Newcastle Herald. TEN billion dollars is a lot of money. As it turns out, some corporations will do almost anything to access that kind of wealth, including the long-term mandatory detention of children seeking our country’s protection. Detention that we know will cause children irreparable […]

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Corrective services fail on justice reinvestment & recidivism

Research indicates that there is chronic underfunding of educational training within NSW Corrective Services with the majority of correctional facilities having at least one teaching vacancy. Prisoners are also required to pay TAFE course fees in full because due to administrative doublespeak, they are not defined as a ‘disadvantaged’ group. As reported by the Sydney […]

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Mandatory Sentencing Video

An expensive, ineffective and discriminatory answer to alcohol fuelled violence. The O’Farrell government’s proposed mandatory sentencing laws for alcohol related violence will see the NSW prison system literally overwhelmed, facing a 50% increase in the prisoner numbers and costing the NSW State government billions of dollars to implement. This is all for a policy that […]

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Child Protection Legislation Amendment (Children’s Guardian) Bill 2013 [Legislation Debate]

This speech was delivered on the 29 May 2013 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the full debate online here. CHILD PROTECTION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (CHILDREN’S GUARDIAN) BILL 2013 Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE [5.51 p.m.]: I support my colleague Hon. Jan Barham, who led for The Greens in debate on the Child Protection Legislation Amendment (Children’s […]

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Bail Bill 2013 [Legislation Debate]

This speech was delivered on 22 May 2013 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the full debate online here. BAIL BILL 2013 In Committee Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE [3.36 p.m.]: I move The Greens amendment No. 3 on sheet 2013-046C: No. 3 Page 18. Insert after line 29: 33 Onus of proof In any bail […]

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Police Taser Use [Questions Time]

This speech was delivered on 25 March 2013 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the full debate online here. POLICE TASER USE  Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE: I direct my question without notice to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Why do police guidelines not prohibit tasering juveniles? How is it that since 2008 almost […]

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Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Provisional Sentencing for Children) Bill 2013 [Legislation Debate]

This speech was delivered on  20 March 2013 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the full debate online here. CRIMES (SENTENCING PROCEDURE) AMENDMENT (PROVISIONAL SENTENCING FOR CHILDREN) BILL 2013 Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE [8.28 p.m.]: I lead on behalf of The Greens in debate on the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Provisional Sentencing for Children) Bill […]

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