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After participation in the Literacy for Life Foundation adult literacy campaign, serious offences by students dropped by almost 65%.
Instead of expanding its only prison, the ACT government will redirect $14.5 million into a range of justice reinvestment programs.
For years, the benefits of justice reinvestment programs have been championed. Now the ACT is actually investing in it, and the federal government should do the same.
Indigenous young people are 25 times more likely to be detained than non-Indigenous young people.
A new generation of Indigenous youth is being separated from their families and culture – this time by the force of criminal law that ignores the proven alternative of community-based justice.
The ACT’s new prison did not take long to fill up, which has tested the capacity of corrections authorities to live up to their stated high ideals.
The ACT’s first prison opened in 2009 with lofty ideals, but rising prisoner numbers and high rates of re-imprisonment are presenting a severe test of the capital’s reformist corrections agenda.
A Welcome to Country ceremony opens Darwin’s new $500 million facility last month to house rising numbers of prisoners, 85% of whom are Indigenous, a grossly overrepresented group.
A number of reports, most recently Victorian and NSW crime statistics, show crime rates are falling. But as election time looms in these states, their governments’ focus on tough law-and-order policies…
Silverwater prison in NSW. Australia should be spending more to prevent people going to jail than on housing them in facilities like this.
Australia spends billions of dollars every year on our prison system yet the number of those being sent to jail keeps increasing. Is this sustainable? Simple logic would suggest not, unless we want to…