Archive of posts tagged 'detention'

Submission to Australian Law Reform Commission re Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

September 1, 2017

PIAC’s submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples answers a range of questions asked by the Commission about the factors that contribute to ongoing over-incarceration as well as the … read more

Submission to Australian Human Rights Commission re OPCAT in Australia Consultation Paper

July 25, 2017

PIAC’s submission in response to the AHRC Consultation Paper on the implementation of OPCAT in Australia identifies a range of issues that should be addressed both before and after the ratification of the Optional Protocol. This includes discussing potential gaps … read more

Progress on detention conditions: OPCAT ratified

February 9, 2017

PIAC has welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).  PIAC has called for the ratification of OPCAT over many years, most recently … read more

Northern Territory detention no place for children with disabilities

February 3, 2017

In 2016 PIAC was engaged to represent the First Peoples Disability Network (Australia) (FPDN) before the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. Young Indigenous people are significantly over-represented in the child protection and … read more

OPCAT and youth in custody

May 25, 2016

The Australian Human Rights Commission is currently considering how the special needs and interests of children and young people under the age of 18 in youth justice detention centres could be considered and monitored in a National Preventative Mechanism (NPM) … read more

A Mental Health Act for the 21st Century

January 4, 2013

The submission responds to the issues raised in the Discussion Paper: Issues arising under the Mental Health Act 2007 (NSW) (‘the MHA’). The submission maintains that legislative review process of the MHA should take place with close reference to the … read more

NSW Law Reform Commission sentencing Question Papers 8-12

October 17, 2012

PIAC’s submission to the NSW Law Reform Commission’s Sentencing Question Papers 8-12 focuses on the structure and hierarchy of sentencing options and the limited intermediate sentencing options available for offenders with complex needs including those who are homelessness, suffer from … read more

NSW Law Reform Commission – Sentencing Question Papers 5-7

August 29, 2012

PIAC’s submission to the NSW Law Reform Commission’s Sentencing Question Papers 5-7 focuses on the need to ensure the diversion of people who are homeless and those with a mental illness or chronic disability out of the criminal justice system. The submission calls on … read more

The Holcroft inquest: prisoners deserve more humane prison transportation

May 25, 2012

The paper deals with the 2011 NSW Inquest into the death in custody of Mark Holcroft in 2009 and the related issues about the rights and essential needs of prisoners undertaking long journeys in prison transport. The paper highlights the … read more

OPCAT – preventative, proactive and non-punitive.

April 13, 2012

The submission supports Australia’s ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) and addresses the content of the National Interest Analysis that also supports ratification. The recommendations of … read more

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