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