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    Deaths in custody on conscience of all Australians - Save the CNS: Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Newsletter date: 8 June 2013 This newsletter:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 7, 2013
      Deaths in custody on conscience of all Australians
      - Save the CNS:
      Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)


      Newsletter date: 8 June 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/07/wgar-news-deaths-in-custody-on-conscience-of-all-australians-save-the-cns-als-news

      Contents:

      * Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT): Deaths in custody on conscience of all Australians: Save the CNS

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Deaths in Custody - when will something be done?
      * The Stringer: WA imprisons 300 Aboriginal people each year for driving offences
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: NT's third-world prisons - a national disgrace
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: CCC inquiry into police lock-up bashing

      * Greens Senator Penny Wright: Greens say books not bars for Territory youth
      * Greens Senator Penny Wright: Justice Reinvestment - a pathway to safer, stronger communities

      * NIRS: Peak bodies tell NT Gov't: Alcohol a health issue [not a criminal issue]

      * Background to Justice Reinvestment, Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody


      * ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE (NSW/ACT):
      DEATHS IN CUSTODY ON CONSCIENCE OF ALL AUSTRALIANS:
      SAVE THE CNS



      - News

      Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT):
      ALS News: Deaths in custody on conscience of all Australians:
      SAVE THE CNS

      http://www.alsnswact.org.au/news_items/85
      29 May 13: "Since the start of the Aboriginal Legal Service
      (NSW/ACT)’s Custody Notification Service in 2000, not one
      Aboriginal person has died in a police station in NSW or
      the ACT. The Custody Notification Service (CNS) ensures
      every Aboriginal man, woman or child detained in police
      custody in NSW and the ACT has access to a trained lawyer
      over the phone before being asked to participate in
      investigative procedures. They receive legal advice about
      their rights. The lawyer can advocate on their behalf.
      And importantly, the question is asked "are you okay?""


      See:

      WGAR News: Greens Jamie Parker MP: NSW government refuses funding
      for live-saving Aboriginal legal advice line
      (1 Jun 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/31/wgar-news-suicide-prevention-strategy-targets-atsi-communities-australian-human-rights-co


      WGAR News: Petition: "Stop Aboriginal deaths in police custody
      by saving the Custody Notification Service"
      (15 May 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/14/wgar-news-stop-aboriginal-deaths-in-police-custody-by-saving-the-custody-notification-ser


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      DEATHS IN CUSTODY
      - WHEN WILL SOMETHING BE DONE?



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Deaths in Custody - when will something be done?
      http://thestringer.com.au/deaths-in-custody-when-will-something-be-done/
      6 Jun 13: "The horrific deaths in custody of Mr Ward (in
      the back of a prisoner transport van), of Mulrunji (in a
      Palm Island Police cell) and of John Pat (bashed to death
      in Roebourne) expose systemic flaws, neglect, arrogance and
      racism. These three deaths are not standalone as
      unjustifiable deaths in custody - there are many more
      horrific custodial deaths that should have been deemed as
      unjustifiable or preventable. ... On September 28, John
      Pat’s mother, Mavis, his brother Glen and his sister Maisy
      will grieve his loss thirty years to the day."
      By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      - Upcoming Event

      Event: 28 September 2013: Melbourne, Vic
      Melbourne - Thirty Years But Still No Justice!
      National Day of Action to Stop Aboriginal deaths in custody!
      Remember John Pat and the hundreds
      who have died in custody since!
      "Support these demands made by John Pat’s mother,
      Mavis Pat:
      * An apology from the WA government for my son’s death in custody
      * An ex-gratia payment as compensation
      * That the police officers involved need to be brought to
      account and a re-opening of the coronial inquiry
      into my son’s death ... "
      Organised by:
      Indigenous Social Justice Association - Melbourne
      Event details: http://isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
      Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54006
      Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/02/historic-national-stop-deaths-in-custody-coalition-formed
      Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/232079390250476/
      Analysis: http://thestringer.com.au/deaths-in-custody-when-will-something-be-done/
      WGAR Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody


      * THE STRINGER:
      WA IMPRISONS 300 ABORIGINAL PEOPLE EACH YEAR FOR DRIVING OFFENCES



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer:
      WA imprisons 300 Aboriginal people each year for driving offences

      http://thestringer.com.au/wa-imprisons-300-aboriginal-people-each-year-for-driving-offences/
      6 Jun 13: "At long last something is being done to reduce
      the high imprisonment rates of minor offenders –but there
      is still a long way to go. Bits and pieces programs are
      being invested in to cut rates with specific types of
      offending, instead of a whole approach investment in
      drastically reducing various minor offending rates. $5.5
      million will be invested from Western Australia’s
      Royalties for Regions scheme into driving training and
      licensing for Aboriginal peoples in regional and remote
      areas. The Aboriginal Legal Services WA CEO Dennis
      Eggington applauded the investment as a positive step."


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      NT'S THIRD-WORLD PRISONS
      - A NATIONAL DISGRACE



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: NT's third-world prisons - a national disgrace
      http://thestringer.com.au/nts-third-world-prisons-a-national-disgrace/
      2 Jun 13: "The Northern Territory prison system, challenged
      only by Western Australia’s, is in disarray, with a tragic
      record in deaths in custody according to the Australian
      Institute of Criminology (AIC). Prison reform advocates
      have long described NT prisons as third-world, overcrowded
      and institutions that ensure high rates of re-offending.
      The recent AIC report on the overall deaths in custody in
      Australia, the National Monitoring Report on Deaths in
      Custody (NMRDC) found that the NT has the highest rate of
      Indigenous deaths in custody in the nation."
      By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      CCC INQUIRY INTO POLICE LOCK-UP BASHING



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: CCC inquiry into police lock-up bashing
      http://thestringer.com.au/ccc-inquiry-into-police-lock-up-bashing/
      2 Jun 13: "Video footage from the Broome Police Station
      apparently caught out a 31 year old police constable
      allegedly bashing an Aboriginal man. Thirteen police
      officers from the Broome Police Station have been summonsed
      by the Corruption and Crimes Commission (CCC) to testify in
      an inquiry after the footage was viewed by the CCC. ...
      Only weeks ago the Australian Institute of Criminology
      annual report on Deaths in Custody found that there had
      been little improvement for Aboriginal peoples since the
      Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody ... "
      By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * GREENS SENATOR PENNY WRIGHT:
      GREENS SAY BOOKS NOT BARS FOR TERRITORY YOUTH



      - Media Release

      Greens Senator Penny Wright:
      Greens say books not bars for Territory youth

      http://penny-wright.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-say-books-not-bars-territory-youth
      30 May 13: "The NT Government has prioritised incarceration
      over education by rejecting the Gonski school reforms while
      pouring money into the bottomless pit of jail funding, say
      the Australian Greens.
      Australian Greens spokesperson on Education and Legal
      Affairs Senator Penny Wright said low levels of literacy
      and numeracy among jailed youth showed this was the wrong
      approach.
      "Chief Minister Adam Giles says the NT can't scrape
      together $106 million over six years for a better future
      for Northern Territory kids," Senator Wright said.
      "But he has been able to find half a billion dollars for
      a new prison which will be overcrowded from the day it
      opens. Funding jails is a bottomless pit unless you take
      steps to change the reasons people end up there.
      "$106 million also happens to be exactly the net operating
      expenditure and capital costs of running the Northern
      Territory's jails for one year.
      "So I say to Mr Giles if he wants to find a cost-saving
      measure, have another look at the Gonski reforms. ... "


      * GREENS SENATOR PENNY WRIGHT:
      JUSTICE REINVESTMENT
      - A PATHWAY TO SAFER, STRONGER COMMUNITIES



      - Background

      Greens Senator Penny Wright:
      Justice Reinvestment - a pathway to safer, stronger communities

      http://penny-wright.greensmps.org.au/justice-reinvestment
      "Over the last 30 years, the number of people in Australian
      prisons has tripled to around 30,000. This places a massive
      $3 billion cost-burden on Australian taxpayers every year.
      In reality, the real price of prison is much higher.
      Offending and imprisonment have enormous social costs for
      victims and offenders, their families and their communities.
      If Australia's prison population continues to grow at an
      average rate of 4% per year, across the nation we'll need
      to add at least 10,000 new beds to the prison estate by
      2020 at an estimated cost of over $5 billon. The Greens
      say let's be smarter with the way we spend this money.
      Justice Reinvestment is a new but proven approach to
      criminal justice spending. The success of Justice
      Reinvestment in the United States has shown it is possible
      to have both less crime and fewer people in prison. The
      Greens want to see Justice Reinvestment adopted here in
      Australia too.
      Justice Reinvestment can:
      * Reduce crime & improve public safety;
      * Strengthen communities; and
      * Save money.
      Win, Win, Win."


      - Related News

      Australian: Rethink call to keep kids away from crime
      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/rethink-call-to-keep-kids-away-from-crime/story-fn9hm1pm-1226656526104
      4 Jun 13: "THE nation's first National Children's
      Commissioner has called for a radically different approach
      to justice to get Aboriginal children out of contact with
      the criminal system." Patricia Karvelas


      * NIRS:
      PEAK BODIES TELL NT GOV'T: ALCOHOL A HEALTH ISSUE



      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Peak bodies tell NT Gov't: Alcohol a health issue

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29360/Peak-bodies-tell-NT-Gov%27t%3A-Alcohol-a-health-issue.html
      6 Jun 13: "A coalition of peak Aboriginal bodies in the
      Northern Territory has prepared its submission to the NT
      Government on its mandatory alcohol treatment policy. The
      paper provides evidence showing issues in alcohol
      management are a health concern and argues the Government
      will criminalise people with drinking problems by sending
      them off to mandatory treatment."


      - Related Audio

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/am-7-06.mp3
      7 Jun 13: "Repeated call for the Giles CLP Government to
      shelve its plans for mandatory rehabilitation and work with
      all relevant stakeholders to get alcohol policy right."

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/am-4-06.mp3
      4 Jun 13: "THE Northern Territory Chief Minister says
      proposed three month mandatory alcohol treatment will also
      apply to a large number of non indigenous Territorians ...
      and the legislation is not just for Aboriginal people."

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/am-3-06.mp3
      3 Jun 13: "Growing opposition to the Northern Territory
      Governments proposed mandatory alcohol rehabilitation
      program with the Australian Council of Social Services
      labelling the draft legislation "obscene" and "half-baked"."


      * BACKGROUND TO JUSTICE REINVESTMENT,
      ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND
      DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

      Last updated: 1 June 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

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