Archive of posts tagged 'youth'

Submission to NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the Adequacy of Youth Diversion Programs

March 23, 2018

PIAC’s submission to this inquiry drew heavily on previous work, including our submission to the 2017 Royal Commission into Indigenous Incarceration, as well as the report into NSW Police’s Suspect Target Management Plan. The submissions makes a number of recommendations … read more

Children as young as 10 ‘on secret NSW Police blacklist’; suspects ‘routinely harassed’

October 26, 2017

People as young as 10 are being included on a secretive blacklist kept by New South Wales Police, which experts say is criminalising children. Lawyers from the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) … read more

Secret NSW Police policy harmful to young people

October 25, 2017

A NSW Police policy that aims to predict and prevent future crime is causing serious harm to young people and undermines the objectives of the NSW youth justice system, a new report has found. The report, released today by the … read more

Statutory review of the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013 (NSW)

August 3, 2016

The NSW Department of Justice is currently conducting a statutory review of the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013 (NSW).  The legislation, which drastically cut payments to victims of crime, has been widely criticised since its introduction in 2013, with … read more

Statutory review of Graffiti Control Act 2008 (NSW)

August 29, 2012

PIAC recognises that minimising graffiti production is a widespread community concern and that the Graffiti Control Act plays an important part in controlling and minimising the proliferation of graffiti in NSW. However, PIAC believes the penalty regime does not currently … read more

The criminalisation of conduct: Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system

May 25, 2012

This article examines the alarmingly high over-represenation of Indigenous juveniles in the criminal justice system, and suggests that changes in both policy (the attitudes of police) and law reform (changes to the imposition and monitoring of bail conditions), as well … read more

Review of the Law of Bail in NSW: submission to the New South Wales Law Reform Commission

July 27, 2011

Despite a number of inquiries into the criminal justice system and reviews of bail laws in NSW over the last few years, NSW continues to have the highest remand population of any state in Australia. In this submission to the … read more

Treatment and care over punishment and detention – even more critical for young people

June 30, 2011

This submission responds to the issues and questions raised in the NSW Law Reform Commission’s Discussion Paper: Young people with cognitive and mental health impairments in the criminal justice system (the Consultation Paper) The submission discusses the specific issues young … read more

Protecting the rights of children and young people

January 12, 2011

The submission comments on the Bill to establish the Office of Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People. The establishment of the Office is supported as it could provide an important voice in commenting on Australian jurisdictions’ laws, policies and … read more

Updating bail:

November 3, 2010

The Bail Act 1978 (NSW) has been in need of reform for many years, particularly in relation to its negative effects on young people and Indigenous people. In PIAC’s submission in relation to the Review of the Bail Act, and … read more

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