Policing and Detention

Archive of posts in the 'Policing and Detention' category

Death spurs prison reform

November 1, 2011

Prisoners in NSW will reap the benefits of recommendations which followed the Holcroft inquest.

Open letter to the NSW Government

July 13, 2010

PIAC coordinated a group of NGOs, including the Australian Branch of the International Commission of Jurists, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, the University of Sydney Institute of International Law, NSW Community Legal Centres and NSW Civil Liberties to make public … read more

Submission to the NSW Attorney General on the review of the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 (NSW) and Terrorism (Police Powers) Act 2002 (NSW)

July 13, 2010

In this submission, PIAC criticises the NSW Government’s extension of “emergency” police powers, initially enacted because of terrorism, to non-terrorism related policing of “organised crime” and bikies. PIAC is also critical of the fact that, while terrorism-related police powers are … read more

Considering non-custodial sentencing options:

July 13, 2010

PIAC made a submission on the use of non-conviction orders and good behaviour bonds to the NSW Sentencing Council. This submission is informed by the work of the HPLS Solicitor Advocate and PIAC’s work in the area of prisons.In this … read more

A just and fair prison system: Principles or profit?

July 13, 2010

PIAC believes that there are basic public interest principles that should guide policy and program development in relation to corrective services. These are the maintenance of substantive equality; the promotion, protection and fulfilment of human rights; equitable standards of health … read more

CIDnAP open for referrals

June 17, 2010

The Children in Detention Advocacy Project (CIDnAP) is again open for referral. CIDnAP is a joint project between PIAC, the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) NSW and Legal Aid NSW. It conducts litigation, policy work and advocacy relating to … read more

Mentally ill forced to wait

March 13, 2010

Seriously ill psychiatric patients committed to institutions against their will have to wait up to four weeks for a hearing into their detention.

Protest at secret search powers

March 22, 2009

THE stealth with which the NSW Government has sought to give police the power to search people’s homes secretly has angered lawyers and civil libertarians.

Secret searches spreading too far

March 22, 2009

This week, the upper house of State Parliament is expected to consider a law to allow police to enter in secret and search the homes of those suspected of committing crimes. The bill was pushed through the lower house this … read more

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