About this project
Vulnerable people, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those with mental illness, are over-represented in the criminal justice system. PIAC works to address this problem in a number of ways.
PIAC aims to ensure that police use their powers, particularly the power of arrest, lawfully and appropriately. Arrest should be a last resort for vulnerable people, particularly children and young people. We hold police accountable, including through litigation to challenge inappropriate, unlawful or unjust treatment by police.
PIAC also seeks to uphold the rights of people who are detained by police or imprisoned. People in detention should be treated fairly and respectfully and have access to appropriate healthcare. In addition to meeting the rights of those detained, these minimum standards are also critical to the rehabilitation of offenders.