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UN alerted to over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

26 September 2014

Date posted: 26 September 2014 The United Nations Human Rights Council, the world's peak human rights body, has been alerted to the over-imprisonment of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

Indigenous legal aid agency seeks meeting with PM to discuss funding

16 September 2014

Date posted: 16 September 2014 The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) is seeking a meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott to discuss funding cuts when he visits Arnhem Land this week.
 

SMS service improves court attendance for Aboriginal people

9 September 2014

Date posted: 9 September 2014 A text messaging service that alerts Aboriginal people in New South Wales (NSW) to their bail conditions and next court appearances is credited with improving attendance rates for court dates.
 

Fairbridge a path to employment

27 August 2014

Date posted: 27 August 2014 Jaleel Olman, Brent Appleton and Cameron Thorne are among the 21 Indigenous apprentices using their talents to transform Saumarez Cottage in Fairbridge Village, in the south west of Western Australia, into accommodation for people under housing stress.
 

One third of Australian female prison population is Indigenous

22 August 2014

Date posted: 22 August 2014 At recent criminology conference held at the New South Wales (NSW) Parliament, Eileen Baldry, Professor of Criminology at the University of NSW, highlighted that, while Indigenous women make up 2% of the Australian female population, they make up one third of the female prison population.
 

Calls to establish halfway house for young Indigenous men leaving prison

15 August 2014

Noongar Elders in Bunbury, Western Australia, are calling for the establishment of a centre to accommodate young Indigenous men who are leaving prison.
 

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and youth justice community reference group

14 August 2014

Date posted: 14 August 2014 The Telethon Kids Institute are establishing a community reference group to work with their researchers on projects in the area of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and youth justice in Western Australia (WA).
 

Environmental health training for incarcerated Indigenous women

12 August 2014

Late last month, six Indigenous women from the Darwin Correctional Precinct successfully graduated in a Certificate II of Indigenous environmental health.
 

DRUMBEAT program improves mental health of WA prisoners

1 August 2014

An independent evaluation of an innovative program trialled in Western Australian prisons has found that group drumming combined with social and emotional wellbeing learning can improve the mental health of prisoners.
 

'Art apology' aims to keep Indigenous youth out of prison

22 July 2014

A program from the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales is attempting a different method of breaking the cycle of crime among Indigenous youth.
 

Perth magistrate wants offenders with FASD spared prison

15 July 2014

Young offenders whose mothers consumed alcohol while they were in the womb would be spared prison under a plan by a Perth magistrate to classify Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) as a disability.
 

Australia's prison system is overcrowded

10 July 2014

A recent report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that there are now more than 33,000 inmates housed in Australian prisons.
 

Self-sufficient prisons: New South Wales inmates grow their own food

4 July 2014

Prisoners in New South Wales jails are producing their own food as part of the Grow your own program.
 

'Jail dreaming' artworks helping to rehabilitate Indigenous inmates

1 July 2014

A new art exhibition titled Jail dreaming from Indigenous artists of the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre (MNCCC) in Kempsey, New South Wales (NSW), is assisting inmates in their rehabilitation.
 

New study finds most ex-prisoners are unemployed or homeless six months after release

27 June 2014

A new study from the University of Melbourne has found that most ex-prisoners are unemployed or homeless six months after their release, and the results are worse for those with mental illness.  The study interviewed 1,300 prisoners while incarcerated, and then again three and six months after their release.
 

Funding discontinued for Indigenous offender program

17 June 2014

The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) has recently been advised that funding for their Prisoner throughcare program will no longer be continued.
 

Pups in prison program gets new recruit

10 June 2014

The Pups in prison program has received a new recruit at the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre (SQCC). Bundy, a fourteen week old black labrador, is one of four service dogs currently being trained for people with disabilities by offenders at SQCC.
 

NSW police formalise program of official cautions

4 June 2014

Young offenders will be able to confess to minor offences without a conviction, as New South Wales police close a catch-22 in the legal system by formalising a program of official cautions.The Protected admissions scheme is the result of negotiations between the police, Legal Aid NSW, the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) and the Department of Police and Justice, allowing young offenders to admit their guilt over minor offences to police with a guarantee it will not result in a formal charge. Anything a young person tells police under the scheme cannot be used as evidence against them, and police can instead issue a caution.
 

Indigenous Elders to provide guidance for inmates in Northern Territory prisons

27 May 2014

A group of more than 25 Indigenous Elders met in Darwin last week to identify innovative ways to stop inmates from reoffending once they are released from the prison system.
 

High rehabilitation hopes for new Darwin prison

20 May 2014

In the next couple of months, almost 1,000 Northern Territory (NT) inmates will be moving into their new residence – a super prison on the outskirts of Darwin.
 

Prisons found to be culturally unsuitable for Indigenous offenders

13 May 2014

An evaluation of Australian prisons has found much more needs to be done to improve the safety of Indigenous inmates and help them rehabilitate.
 

West Kimberley jail praised for Indigenous quality of life

6 May 2014

A researcher looking at the quality of life of Indigenous prisoners says the West Kimberley Regional Prison in Derby is setting the benchmark.
 

Call for funding for programs to keep youth out of jail

29 April 2014

The Smart Justice for Young People lobby group, comprised of more than 30 community and legal groups, is urging the Victorian government to set aside money in this year's budget to expand youth criminal diversion programs.
 

Juvenile detention centres in WA considered for Indigenous jobs scheme

22 April 2014

Juvenile detention centres in Western Australia (WA) are being considered for mining magnate Andrew Forrest's federally funded scheme that trains Indigenous people for direct jobs.
 

Youth Justice Board to develop strategies to steer youth from crime

8 April 2014

Community, business and academic leaders have been appointed to a Youth Justice Board that will review laws which apply to juvenile offenders and develop strategies to steer young people away from crime.
 

Accelerated literacy and learning programs for offenders in the NT

1 April 2014

Inmates in the Northern Territory (NT) are participating in an accelerated literacy and numeracy learning program, the QuickSmart learning program, designed to provide a basic education and be relevant to the future needs of the inmate.
 

Pre-sentence opportunity program expanded across Perth

25 March 2014

A court program to help more people enter alcohol treatment has now been expanded across the Perth metropolitan region.
 

Indigenous Western Australian prisoners to take part in land conservation project

25 March 2014

Two groups of prisoners from Greenough Regional Prison, near Geraldton in Western Australia (WA) are taking part in a land conservation project in the Greater Geraldton region.
 

New laws mean potential jail time for juvenile offenders in QLD

19 March 2014

Young Queenslanders can now be locked up for minor offences after new laws passed state parliament, which remove the long-standing principle of detention as a last resort for juvenile offenders.
 

Research to look at FASD rates among young offenders

19 March 2014

New research is set to provide a better picture of those affected by Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in the West Australian (WA) prison system.
 

Call for shift in youth policies to arrest rates of juvenile imprisonment

11 March 2014

Early childhood specialist Fiona Stanley has called for a fundamental shift in government policy to arrest rates of Indigenous juvenile imprisonment and save children from neglectful homes.
 

Pressure to develop a Closing the gap target on justice

5 March 2014

Two peak Indigenous groups are this week calling for the government to develop a Closing the gap target on justice.
 

Plain language review of offender health now available

24 February 2014

The plain language Review of Indigenous offender health has been updated and is now available online.
 

Hep C stigma causing pain and claiming lives among Aboriginal Australians

21 February 2014

Indigenous Australians are almost three times more likely to contract hepatitis C than the rest of the population and now a research team says that the stigma that comes with the disease is also claiming lives.
 

Lives and crimes: kids who suffer FASD

17 February 2014

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a lifelong injury that leaves sufferers much more likely to break the law, and to break it repeatedly, even after long jail stints.
 

WA's youth justice moves towards positive change.

6 February 2014

Western Australia's Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis is optimistic for a more positive future for young juvenile offenders with the completion of the refurbished units at Banksia Hill juvenile justice centre, which were damage last year during riots.
 

Positive results for the alcohol MERIT program

3 February 2014

New figures released today by the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show that the health and well-being of defendants who are referred to the alcohol Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment (MERIT) program improved after placement on the program.
 

Adam Goodes awarded 2014 Australian of the Year

28 January 2014

Indigenous AFL player and anti-racism campaigner Adam Goodes was named the 2014 Australian of the Year this Sunday.
 

Cairns and Mareeba hospitals treating Lotus Glen prisoners

23 January 2014

Cairns and Mareeba hospital staff treated Lotus Glen prisoners 649 times last year despite a medical facility being located at the Mareeba jail.
 

South-west Aboriginal leaders struggling for answers to ice epidemic

7 January 2014

Aboriginal community leaders say they are without answers to solve an ice epidemic destroying families in the south-west of Victoria.
 

Mundine says diversion programs pay off

6 January 2014

Indigenous leader Warren Mundine promises to advocate for mandatory diversionary programs to push Indigenous juvenile offenders into jobs and education amid proposed budget cuts to Indigenous affairs spending.
 

Jail diversion programs neglect Indigenous offenders

16 December 2013

A new report shows a need for culturally appropriate diversion programs, as Indigenous incarceration rates soar.
 

New life for troubled 'Insight' teen

29 November 2013

17 year old, Trevor Cook, is not the person he was six months ago.
 

Youths in custody: aspirations and strategies for the future

18 November 2013

Young people in custody share many of the hopes and aspirations of young people in the wider community, and many understand what is stopping them achieving their goals.
 

Innovative prison program bound for Australia

13 November 2013

The Inside-out prison exchange program,originally developed in America, could be heading to Australia.
 

Inquiry hears call for Indigenous 'ice' users diversion scheme

1 November 2013

There are calls for the State Government to build a culturally-specific diversion program for Aboriginal people using the drug methamphetamine, or ice, in western Victoria.
 

Improving prisoner health through access to sterile injecting equipment

28 October 2013

Public health organisations are hopeful that prisoner access to sterile injecting equipment in the Canberra prison - an Australian first - has moved a step closer with the release of the Strategic framework for the management of blood-borne viruses in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC).
 

Getting tough on youth crime

25 October 2013

The ABC lateline television program 'Getting tough on youth crime' reports on the campaigns to target young offenders even though figures show crime rates committed by youths are declining.
 

Call for specialised drug treatment prisons to cut overdose deaths in Victoria

21 October 2013

The magistrate of Victoria's drug court is calling for the establishment of special drug rehabilitation prisons to reduce the rate of overdose-related deaths after prisoners are released.
 

Prison damaging to father-child relationship: Report

17 October 2013

The Griffith University research found the father-child relationship was greatly damaged by time behind bars and negatively affected children.
 

NSW prisoners to be banned from smoking

14 October 2013

Smoking in all New South Wales (NSW) prisons is set to be banned within 18 months after the state's Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin expressed his concern about the health effects lighting up in jails is having on staff and inmates.
 

Hundreds of Victorian prisoners receiving methadone

14 October 2013

Hundreds of Victorian prisoners are receiving methadone treatment for addictions to heroin and other drugs.
 

Indigenous disadvantage does not diminish over time, High Court rules

3 October 2013

Disadvantage caused by a person's Indigenous heritage does not diminish over time and should be taken into account in sentencing of criminal offences, the High Court has found.
 

One in five inmates take drugs in South Australian prisons

1 October 2013

Cannabis and a prescription drug with euphoric effects are South Australian (SA) prisoners' drugs of choice, figures reveal.
 

New court giving bail to offenders if they take steps to make change

24 September 2013

The Queensland state government is trialling a new court which gives bail to offenders if they take steps to make changes in their lives.
 

Praise for positive youth program

11 September 2013

The number of robberies across the Redfern, New South Wales area has fallen dramatically thanks to a mentor program targeting juveniles at risk of criminal activity.
 

ReGen welcomes Victorian Government announcements on methamphetamine and overdose prevention

4 September 2013

UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania, welcomed announcements by Minister Wooldridge of the Victorian Government to fund prevention, education and treatment programs ($1.1 million) for methamphetamines and the Community overdose prevention and education (COPE) program ($200,000) on 30 August 2013.
 

$12 million to reduce juvenile crime in NSW

4 September 2013

New South Wales (NSW) Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Greg Smith SC announced over $12 million in Government funding to support vulnerable young people who are at risk of becoming entrenched in the criminal justice system.
 

New location for Darwin's Alcohol mandatory treatment facility

29 August 2013

Darwin's alcohol mandatory treatment facility will be relocated to an improved and secure facility at Darwin Correctional Centre's low-security accommodation, once the construction of the Darwin Correctional Precinct is completed mid-next year.
 

Young people aged 10-14 in youth justice system at high risk of re-offending

26 August 2013

Only a small proportion of young people involved in the Australian youth justice system are aged 10-14 years (the youngest group involved in the system), however, these young people are at risk of becoming chronic, long-term offenders, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

Justice reinvestment for people with disability

14 August 2013

A new report, People with mental health disorders and the cognitive impairment in the criminal justice system, by the University of New South Wales and Price Waterhouse Coopers, models the cost-benefits of introducing diversionary programs early in life for people with mental health disorders and cognitive impairment.
 

New Closing the gap targets announced at the Garma Festival in Arnhem Land

12 August 2013

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin outlined three new Closing the gap targets to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage in a speech at the Garma Festival in East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
 

New funding for prisoner support and crime prevention in Queensland

6 August 2013

Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Senator Penny Wong, joined Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General, Shayne Neumann MP, in Ipswich recently to announce a funding boost for Indigenous crime prevention and prisoner support in Queensland.
 

Call for action on high rates of Aboriginal incarceration

31 July 2013

The nation's peak law bodies are uniting to demand an end to the escalation in Indigenous prison rates.
 

Aboriginal prisoners build homes for outback communities

25 July 2013

Indigenous inmates at the St Helliers Correctional Centre are building modular homes for Aboriginal communities in rural New South Wales (NSW) as part of a program to help Indigenous offenders find work in building and construction upon their release.
 

Koori court launched in Victoria

11 July 2013

Australia's first Koori County Court has been launched in Victoria.
 

Just released: 2013 Review of Indigenous offender health now available

3 July 2013

Staff at the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet and the Kirby Institute have updated the Review of Indigenous offender health for 2013.
 

Loss of SMART courts concerns Northern Territory Chief Magistrate

3 July 2013

The Northern Territory Chief Magistrate says the elimination of 'SMART courts' for substance use related crimes, will see recidivism rise in the Territory, and will not be fairly substituted by the Government's new mandatory rehabilitation scheme.
 

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.
 

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Western-Australian-health-workers-survey This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.
 

Funding needed to make NSW jails smoke-free

19 June 2013

New South Wales Corrective Services aims to go smoke-free by July 2014.
 

Prisons in Tasmania to go smoke free by 2015

5 June 2013

Smoking will be banned at Risdon Prison in Tasmania by mid-2015.
 

Recent rise in Aboriginal deaths in custody

29 May 2013

A major review of deaths in custody has found a substantial increase in the number of Aboriginal people dying in custody over the past five years.
 

High rates of hearing impairment for Indigenous inmates

22 May 2013

High rates of ear infections or 'otitis media' in Aboriginal communities contribute significantly to social disadvantage and impact on children's capacity to learn.
 

Legislation for mandatory alcohol treatment in Northern Territory unveiled

15 May 2013

The draft bill for mandatory alcohol treatment outlining how the legislation will force problem drinkers into treatment has been unveiled.
 

WA increases focus on efforts to keep people out of prison

14 May 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has welcomed moves by the Western Australian (WA) government towards a justice reinvestment approach to the criminal justice system.
 

National crime prevention fund for youth mentoring and outreach programs

8 May 2013

The Prime Minister, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice, Jason Clare has announced a $40 million National crime prevention fund to be funded from confiscated proceeds of crime.
 

Young Indigenous people continue to be overrepresented in youth justice system

1 May 2013

A report, Youth justice in Australia 2011-12: an overview, by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released information on young people aged 10-17 years who are under youth justice supervision in Australia due to their involvement or alleged involvement in crime.
 

Report highlights disadvantage among Indigenous offenders

17 April 2013

A report comparing sentencing outcomes for Koori and non-Koori adult offenders in the Magistrates' Court of Victoria has found that Indigenous offenders are more likely to receive a term in prison rather than an order supervised in the community compared with their non- Indigenous counterparts.
 

Extra money for NAAJA to provide early intervention to support Indigenous youth in the NT

10 April 2013

The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) will receive an extra $338,000 from the Australian Government to provide early intervention services to Indigenous youth in the Top End of the Northern Territory.
 

Greater justice for people with FASD

9 April 2013

A report by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research on Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the West Australian (WA) justice system recommends further training and education to raise awareness of FASD and alternate sentencing options that consider the neurocognitive impairments associated with FASD.
 

Behaviour change program reconnects families

3 April 2013

The Helem Yumba Central Queensland Healing Centre is supporting people to address violent behaviour and substance use through the Gatharr weyebe banabe program.
 

Victorian Aboriginal justice agreement launched

20 March 2013

Phase three of the Victorian Aboriginal justice agreement (AJA3) was launched on 13 March, 2013 at Queen's Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne.
 

Online newsletter for Indigenous offender health research launched

13 March 2013

The Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group (IOHR-CBG) has launched an online version of its biannual newsletter through the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website.
 

WA justice system - expensive and ineffective

6 March 2013

A new report on the prison system in Western Australia (WA) calls for increased resources in justice reinvestment and a greater emphasis on evidence-based prevention and early intervention strategies for offending.
 

BushMob helping young people tackle substance use in Alice Springs

28 February 2013

The Australian Government is investing more than $1.8 million in BushMob, a successful program in Alice Springs that helps young people stay free of alcohol and other drugs.
 

$100 million boost for Aboriginal youth in Northern Territory

20 February 2013

The Australian Government is investing $100 million over the next 10 years in the Youth in communities program, a major initiative that is helping thousands of young Aboriginal people become more engaged with school, work and community life in the Northern Territory.
 

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.
 

Social Justice Commissioner welcomes new report on prison vs residential treatment

6 February 2013

A new report by Deloitte Access Economics highlights the cost and health benefits of diversionary programs and community residential rehabilitation for Indigenous peoples who have been convicted of non-violent, substance use related offences.
 

Indigenous justice program funding

29 January 2013

The Attorney-General's Department is providing funding through the Indigenous justice program for projects that aim to reduce adverse contact of Indigenous Australians with the criminal justice system.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.
 

New family violence legal service planned for Perth

15 January 2013

The Western Australian (WA) Government will provide $600,000 a year for a metropolitan legal service for Indigenous victims of family violence, including victims of sexual abuse.
 

Plan to open Aboriginal Youth Healing Centre in New South Wales in response to high rates of youth incarceration

9 January 2013

An innovative community initiated service, the Aboriginal Youth Healing Centre (AYHC) is currently being planned for western New South Wales in response to the high levels of incarceration for Aboriginal youth.
 

Senate Inquiry to investigate the 'value of a justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia'

27 November 2012

The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples recently welcomed a Senate Inquiry to investigate the implementation of justice reinvestment in Australia.
 

Indigenous justice advocates nominated as Australia's Local Hero 2013 State Finalists

8 November 2012

Two Indigenous justice advocates are State Finalists for the 2013 Australia's Local Hero Awards.
 

Justice reinvestment campaign champions discuss new policy approach with NSW Government

25 October 2012

Advocates for the Justice reinvestment campaign for Aboriginal young people had a landmark meeting with members of the New South Wales (NSW) Government to discuss the over-representation of Indigenous youth in correctional facilities.
 

Inmates and correctional staff raise funds for Red Dust health promotion programs

16 October 2012

More than $80,000 was raised for Indigenous charity group Red Dust Role Models during the recent national Walkabout week.
 

West Kimberley Regional Prison scheduled to open end of October 2012

10 October 2012

A new prison in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) is scheduled to receive its first inmates on 22 October this year.
 

Qld Government announces closure of Murri courts program for Indigenous offenders

3 October 2012

The Queensland (Qld) State Government has announced that it will shut down the Murri courts program - including the Indigenous, Drug and Special Circumstances courts that sentence Indigenous offenders who plead guilty to an offence which falls within the jurisdiction of the Magistrates Court.
 

Report into Aboriginal service delivery in the Northern Territory (NT) makes 12 recommendations

2 October 2012

A report into spending on service delivery in remote Aboriginal communities recommends a reassessment of priorities and greater transparency.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.
 

Decline in Indigenous youth incarceration rates in Australia

5 September 2012

A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) in August 2012 has noted a decline in Indigenous youth detention rates across Australia.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).
 

Australian Medical Association releases position statement on health and the criminal justice system

21 August 2012

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) released a new position statement on Health and the criminal justice system (2012) on 15 August at the Justice health in Australia: equity in health care symposium in Canberra.
 

Research on alcohol use among Indigenous Qld inmates indicates more treatment options are needed

7 August 2012

New research shows Indigenous prisoners in Queensland (Qld) are twice as likely to have alcohol-related problems than other inmates.
 

Funding extension for IPROWD program announced

6 August 2012

A $2.4 million funding extension from the Australian Government will give an extra 240 Indigenous Australians an opportunity to join the New South Wales (NSW) police force.
 

HealthInfoNet attending the Western Australian drug and alcohol conference on 7 August

6 August 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be running a cafe tomorrow the 7 August (2012) at the Western Australian drug and alcohol conference.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.
 

NT Chief Magistrate participates in bush court circuit

27 July 2012

The Chief Magistrate of the Northern Territory (NT), Hilary Hannam, says a lack of resources and technology on the bush court circuit is affecting the delivery of justice.
 

First Indigenous students graduate from IPROWD program in NSW

13 July 2012

The first graduates from a training program, which began running at TAFE earlier this year, have begun to forge a career pathway in the justice system.
 

Barkly Work Camp receives award for reducing recidivism as part of NAIDOC Week 2012

6 July 2012

The Minister for Correctional Services and Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy, commended staff and inmates at Barkly Work Camp in the Northern Territory (NT) this week.
 

A new resource by BIMA Projects summarises what happens after someone has been charged with an offence

5 July 2012

BIMA Projects, part of the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association, have recently produced a podcast that concisely summarises with what happens after a person has been charged with an offence.
 

Prevalence of mental illness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland prisons article published

2 July 2012

An article on the prevalence of mental disorder among Indigenous people in Queensland prisons was published today (2 July) in the Medical journal of Australia (MJA).
 

Plans to expand county Koori courts in Victoria

28 June 2012

The Victorian State Government has announced plans to retain a county Koori court beyond its pilot stage, following an evaluation report.
 

Justice: a history of the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA wins 2012 Margaret Medcalf Award

20 June 2012

Dr Fiona Skyring has been awarded the 2012 Margaret Medcalf Award for her book titled Justice: a history of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia.
 

Vic Government grants available for programs preventing violence in Koori communities

20 June 2012

Crime Prevention Minister, Andrew McIntosh, has announced funding of almost $3 million for community grants under the Community crime prevention program and Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement. Minister McIntosh said that the funding would empower local Koori communities to develop programs to strengthen community safety across Victoria (Vic), which is one of the government's highest priorities.
 

Glebe Youth Service receives funding to help keep youth off the streets

4 June 2012

Glebe Youth Service (GYS) has been given a $400,000 grant from the City of Sydney to help provide young people alternatives to hanging out on the streets late at night.
 

Art by prisoners program provides therapy for SA inmates

1 June 2012

An art program has proved a source of therapy for some inmates in South Australian (SA) prisons.
 

Indigenous police recruitment course inspires students to join the force

31 May 2012

Indigenous people looking to join the police force are getting a head start through a new training program being run in New South Wales (NSW).
 

Australian nurse-family partnership program receives funding to continue

24 May 2012

A pilot program of the Australian Government has received funding to continue its operations for the next three years in Alice Springs, Northern Territory (NT).
 

Call for further remote area rehabilitation services

23 May 2012

An Aboriginal legal aid organisation says the Northern Territory (NT) Government must provide more alcohol rehabilitation services in remote Indigenous communities.
 

WA's newest police station opens in remote Indigenous community of Looma

14 May 2012

Western Australia's newest police station was officially opened on May 10, 2012, in Looma, Western Australia (WA).
 

Applications open for Criminal property confiscation grants program

9 May 2012

Attorney General Christian Porter launched the latest round of the Criminal property confiscation grants program on 2 May 2012.
 

Further legislation introduced to support NT alcohol reforms

7 May 2012

New legislation was passed in the Northern Territory (NT) parliament on 3 May 2012, which expands on the existing alcohol reforms.
 

Concern over offenders being held under custodial supervision orders in the NT

4 May 2012

A recent Radio National story from the Law Report program, investigated the criminal justice situation in the Northern Territory (NT), which has seen prisoners forced to share overcrowded cells and scarce facilities. In NT prisons, more than 80% of the prison population are Aboriginal Australians.
 

Aboriginal community of Amata in SA announces community night patrols

3 May 2012

The South Australian (SA) community of Amata has launched a trial of neighbourhood watch night patrols.
 

Justice reinvestment campaign for Aboriginal young people launched in NSW

2 May 2012

The Justice reinvestment campaign for Aboriginal young people was launched on 2 May 2012, by the Justice Reinvestment for Aboriginal Young People Working Group.
 

Halo program continues to help young offenders transition into the community

1 May 2012

Danika Nayna from Newslines Radio, a weekly program produced by the Australian Government on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, recently visited the Joe Cooper Centre in Perth.
 

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman to discuss strategies to reduce Indigenous deaths in custody

26 April 2012

Brisbane archdiocese's Murri Ministry and the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) will invite Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, to meet to discuss issues surrounding Indigenous incarceration.
 

Northern Territory Budget 2012 delivers $20 million investment into correctional services

26 April 2012

A $20.2 million investment in correctional services was announced by Correctional Services Minister Gerry McCarthy on 22 April 2012.
 

Indigenous justice groups disappointed by lack of target at COAG meeting

20 April 2012

The Council of Australian Governments met last week (13 April 2012), where the Prime Minister, Premiers, Chief Ministers and the President discussed issues including Closing the gap targets.
 

Young Indigenous woman forges a career in the justice system

19 April 2012

A young Indigenous woman has forged a career for herself with Corrective Services New South Wales (CSNSW), working in a role overseeing staff and inmate policy and systems.
 

Aboriginal youth health access program an Aboriginal Health Award finalist

19 April 2012

A Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network-run program was a recent finalist in New South Wales' 2012 Aboriginal Health Awards.
 

Dr Morseu-Diop wins Churchill Fellowship to research healing programs for offenders

17 April 2012

Dr Noritta Morseu-Diop, a Torres Strait Islander women from Thursday Island, has won a Churchill Fellowship to travel to the United States and Canada.
 

Whitelion seeks support to help save young lives

17 April 2012

Whitelion, a not-for-profit organisation operating in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australian and Tasmania, are seeking more volunteers to help out with their cause.
 

Participants wanted for Indigenous youth employment program in Melbourne

11 April 2012

A specialised employment program for young Indigenous offenders, or youth who are 'at risk', is looking for participants in the Melbourne metropolitan area.
 

Literacy program offered to young Queensland offenders

2 April 2012

The Townsville Writers and Publishers Centre is launching a voluntary reading and writing program at the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre in Townsville, north Queensland.
 

Funding boost for Northern Territory communities: Stronger futures initiative

30 March 2012

A $619 million funding boost will improve services in remote communities across the Northern Territory (NT) for the next 10 years, as part of the Stronger futures in the Northern Territory package.
 

Indigenous graduates to take part in 'Prison officer in training program'

29 March 2012

Six Indigenous Territorians are on their way to a career in correctional services after recently completing the inaugural Pre-prison officer in training program.
 

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples calls for justice target

23 March 2012

The Indigenous representative body of Australia, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, has recently called for a target relating to justice be added to existing Closing the Gap targets which are monitored by Australian governments.
 

Indigenous ex-offender employment strategies examined in new Clearinghouse papers

23 March 2012

Two new papers on overcoming Indigenous disadvantage have been released by the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse, a jointly funded venture by all Australian Governments that is delivered by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
 

Justice reinvestment plan could reduce Indigenous imprisonment

22 March 2012

A concept known as 'justice reinvestment' is gaining momentum as a means of reducing Indigenous imprisonment rates.
 

Midnight basketball program helps reduce youth crime in Kempsey

22 March 2012

The New South Wales town of Kempsey has implemented a social inclusion program for its youth to help reduce substance use and criminal activity.
 

Indigenous inmates in the Northern Territory suffer hearing loss

21 March 2012

As many as 9 out of ten Aboriginal inmates in Northern Territory (NT) jails suffer significant hearing loss, according to recent research to be published in the Indigenous Law Bulletin.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.
 

Murri courts taking on Elders' wisdom

20 March 2012

Indigenous Elders have taken on a role in the Murri courts that continues to close the gap between Indigenous traditions and western laws.
 

Partnership between Balund-a and TAFE a success for Indigenous offenders

16 March 2012

Aboriginal offenders at a correctional centre in Tabulam, New South Wales, are getting a second chance at life through TAFE.
 

JUSTICEwa scholarships awarded to Indigenous criminal law students

15 March 2012

JUSTICEwa, organisers of the International justice conference, have established an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship in the hope of encouraging careers in criminal law and human rights.
 

Roebourne inmates given opportunity to work for the community

14 March 2012

Low-risk inmates from Roebourne Regional Prison in north-west Western Australia, a facility that manages a high percentage of Aboriginal prisoners, will soon have the opportunity to work on projects for the community.
 

Proceeds of crime helping youth around Australia

13 March 2012

The Federal Government has announced almost $2 million to be confiscated from criminals that will be provided to Police and Community Youth Clubs (PCYCs) around Australia to help young people at risk of committing crime.
 

Indigenous aquaculture program provides practical skills for local Koori women

An Indigenous aquaculture program, run in the industrial outskirts of Bairnsdale in regional Victoria, has been a great success, providing work and practical skills for Koori women exiting the court system, as well as food for a local Indigenous community.
 
 
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