Published on Thursday, May 28, 2020

There is mounting concern about the risks of COVID19 to prisoners and prison staff across Australia.  Public health officials and the WHO have identified prisoners as especially vulnerable to the virus, and prisons as likely vectors of the virus into the community.  

Despite vigorous advocacy intended to reduce prison numbers, across Australia prison numbers remain high.

Published on Thursday, May 7, 2020

One of the many issues raised by the measures introduced to address the pandemic is the operation of public health orders restricting presence in public places, including offences with heavy penalties.  As with many long-standing ‘public order’ offences, police officers have significant discretion when it comes to the enforcement of public health order offences.

Published on Thursday, May 7, 2020

Centre Co-Director Luke McNamara is a Chief Investigator on a new project funded by an ARC Discovery Project grant (DP200100101): Intoxication Evidence in Rape Trials: A Double-Edged Sword? Led by Associate Professor Julia Quilter (School of Law, University of Wollongong) this project will investigate the operation of Australian statutory reforms designed to shape the operation and impact of evidence of complainant and/or defendant intoxication in sexual assault trials.

Published on Friday, April 24, 2020

Weave’s intensive support service for young people leaving custody or involved in the criminal justice system. April 2020.
Melanie Schwartz and Mareese Terare

Published on Friday, March 27, 2020

The potential conditional release of some NSW prisoners as soon as early April may prove an important move to boost community safety, UNSW Professor of Criminology Eileen Baldry says.

Published on Thursday, March 12, 2020

by Centre Member Natalie Hodgson and Prof Sarah Williams.

The International Criminal Court Prosecutor declines to examine Australia’s policy on asylum seekers despite accepting evidence of mistreatment.

Published on Friday, March 20, 2020

We the undersigned are seeking your immediate action to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the Australian criminal justice system, especially prisons and youth detention centres.

Click here to read the full letter.

Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2020

A UNSW Law report is a clear call to action for the NSW Government and relevant departments and agencies to ensure people are adequately supported in their transition from prison to the community.

Published on Monday, December 16, 2019

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Published on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Experts have warned that Australians’ civil rights are being incrementally eroded following a string of legislative changes and (mis)use of police powers. Drawing upon the recent momentum of the Rethinking Strip Search Report, this article traverses interrelated examples of legislation and police practices that are infringing upon a cornerstone of Australia’s democracy — civil rights.

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