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NSW prisons are fundamentally failing to rehabilitate inmates

In a damning report the NSW Auditor General has found that NSW jails are systemically failing in their responsibility to rehabilitate prisoners. Critical findings include that 75% of inmates who needed access to rehabilitation programs were not given a chance to complete them before their release. The failure to provide even rudimentary rehabilitation programs to […]

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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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Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Amendment Bill 2016 [Legislation Debate]

This speech was delivered on 11.10.2016 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the full debate online here.  On behalf of The Greens I speak to the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Amendment Bill 2016. The Greens do not oppose this bill. It makes a number of minor amendments to update terminology, to consolidate powers […]

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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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Attorney General and Justice

Failed law and order auction sees extraordinary budget blowout

The result of cuts to legal aid and court services, following years of law and order auctions, have resulted in an extraordinary blowout in the budget with a shocking $3.8 billion being spent on private prisons. Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “Premier Mike Baird is doing everything he can to push up […]

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Budget takes medieval approach to crime and punishment

Media release 23 June 2015 The NSW Government policy of more jails for more people has already started to cost the taxpayer, with more sunk costs to come. Meanwhile justice reinvestment is a fraction of the imprisonment outlay. Following the changes to the Bail Act which have resulted in record numbers of prisoners, $314.6 million […]

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