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      NT move to mandatory alcohol rehabilitation sparks controversy:
      Malcolm Sutton, The Guardian UK

      Newsletter date: 3 July 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/02/wgar-news-nt-move-to-mandatory-alcohol-rehabilitation-sparks-controversy-the-guardian-uk

      Contents:

      * Northern Territory Government: Robyn Lambley - Minister of Health: Day One of Alcohol Mandatory Treatment
      * NIRS: NT compulsory treatment policy gets through Parliament
      * Malcolm Sutton, The Guardian UK: NT move to mandatory alcohol rehabilitation sparks controversy
      * Julie Edwards, The Guardian UK: Northern Territory alcohol mandatory treatment is an affront to liberty
      * Concerned Territorians: Time to Stop and Re-think our Approach to Alcohol Policy in the Territory
      * Current Campaigns: NAAJA opposes the Mandatory Alcohol Treatment Bill
      * NAAJA, CAALAS and NTLAC: joint submission in relation to the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill
      * NACCHO health report: NT debate mandatory rehabilitation for treatment for alcohol dependant persons
      * APO NT recent material on Alcohol-related issues
      * AMSANT: Options for Alcohol Control in the Northern Territory
      * Background to the NT Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill

      * Mick Estens, The Stringer: Deprivation, poverty, disadvantage of Aboriginal people on show everyday - in Court
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Parliamentary inquiry calls for end to lock-up culture
      * Tracker: Return of young WA detainees pushed back
      * Justice Reinvestment and Aboriginal Imprisonment News
      * Background to Justice Reinvestment, Aboriginal Imprisonment and Aboriginal Deaths in Custody


      * NORTHERN TERRITORY GOVERNMENT:
      ROBYN LAMBLEY - MINISTER OF HEALTH:
      DAY ONE OF ALCOHOL MANDATORY TREATMENT



      - Media Release

      Northern Territory Government:
      Robyn Lambley - Minister of Health:
      Day One of Alcohol Mandatory Treatment

      http://newsroom.nt.gov.au/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewRelease&id=11070&d=5
      1 Jul 13:"Up to 800 problem drinkers every year will
      undertake alcohol rehabilitation as part of the Country
      Liberals Government’s Alcohol Mandatory Treatment
      measures, which get underway today.
      Health Minister, Robyn Lambley, said the scheme will
      assist problem drinkers to overcome their addictions and
      provides a pathway for recovery for some of the
      Territory’s worst alcoholics. ...
      "The Northern Territory Government has consulted heavily
      with key stakeholders before to the roll-out of Alcohol
      Mandatory Treatment. ... ""


      - Related Media Release

      Northern Territory Government: Robyn Lambley:
      Landmark Legislation will save lives

      http://newsroom.nt.gov.au/index.cfm?fuseaction=printRelease&ID=11055
      28 Jun 13: "The passage of the Government’s Alcohol
      Mandatory Treatment legislation through Parliament will
      provide a lifeline for the Territory’s worst problem
      drinkers and strike a significant blow against the impact
      of alcohol in the community.
      Health Minister, Robyn Lambley, said carriage of the Bill
      means problem drinkers placed in Protective Custody three
      times in two months will be required to undertake 12 weeks
      of alcohol treatment in designated facilities across the
      Territory.
      "Problem drinkers now have a pathway to treatment,
      families have an opportunity for respite and communities
      an alternative to anti-social behaviour," Mrs Lambley
      said. ... "


      - Related Audio

      ABC PM: NT forced to compromise on grog laws
      http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2013/s3792190.htm
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-28/nt-forced-to-compromise-on-grog-laws/4788782?section=nt
      28 Jun 13: "After weeks of sometimes bitter debate, the
      Northern Territory Legislative Assembly has passed radical
      laws allowing alcoholics to be forced into rehab. But the
      Territory Government's alcohol policies emerged from that
      process somewhat reduced. The Commonwealth forced the
      Territory to back down on some measures. Sara Everingham
      reports from Darwin.
      Sara Everingham: The Northern Territory's Minister for
      alcohol rehabilitation, Robyn Lambley, is claiming a
      victory."
      [Includes comments by Robyn Lambley,
      the Territory Opposition's Delia Lawrie and
      Chief Minister Adam Giles.]


      * NIRS:
      NT COMPULSORY TREATMENT POLICY GETS THROUGH PARLIAMENT



      - News

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      NT compulsory treatment policy gets through Parliament

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29460/NT-compulsory-treatment-policy-gets-through-Parliament.html
      2 Jul 13: "The Northern Territory Government has been
      successful in passing through Parliament its legislation to
      see problem drinkers forced to undertake alcohol treatment.
      ... The policy is opposed by a number of justice and health
      groups and the NT Labor Opposition."


      * MALCOLM SUTTON, THE GUARDIAN UK:
      NT MOVE TO MANDATORY ALCOHOL REHABILITATION SPARKS CONTROVERSY



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Guardian UK:
      NT move to mandatory alcohol rehabilitation sparks controversy

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/01/northern-territory-alcohol-rehabilitation-centres
      1 Jul 13: "The first of four mandatory alcohol
      rehabilitation centres to be established in the Northern
      Territory will open at the Royal Darwin Hospital on
      Monday, offering 200 beds to house problem drinkers from
      an estimated 1000 homeless people in Darwin, or those
      "living in the long-grass". Yet opponents of the
      Territory's mandatory alcohol rehabilitation laws warn the
      legislation is criminalising a health problem in what some
      have argued is a "fairly radical piece of social
      engineering". If those who are being treated walk out of
      the centres three times before their 12-week treatment is
      complete they will face criminal charges, fines, and a
      potential three-month jail sentence."
      Malcolm Sutton in Darwin


      * JULIE EDWARDS, THE GUARDIAN UK:
      NORTHERN TERRITORY ALCOHOL MANDATORY TREATMENT IS AN AFFRONT TO LIBERTY



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Guardian UK:
      Northern Territory alcohol mandatory treatment is an affront to liberty

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/27/australia-northern-territory
      27 Jun 13: "Very few pieces of Australian legislation have
      so blatantly disregarded basic human rights to personal
      freedom. ... Throughout Australia, legal systems generally
      confine imprisonment to cases of serious criminal
      misconduct and contain safeguards that protect individual
      liberty. This is rightly so. Prison should be used as an
      option of last resort. Given this fundamental starting
      point, it is concerning that legislation currently before
      the Northern Territory parliament seeks to remove
      safeguards and significantly limit the liberty of people
      who are drunk in public."
      Julie Edwards, CEO, Jesuit Social Services, Australia


      * CONCERNED TERRITORIANS:
      TIME TO STOP AND RE-THINK OUR APPROACH TO ALCOHOL POLICY IN THE TERRITORY



      - Media Release

      Concerned Territorians:
      Time to Stop and Re-think our Approach to Alcohol Policy in the Territory

      NAAJA: http://www.naaja.org.au/index.php/82-news/137-time-to-stop-and-re-think-our-approach-to-alcohol-policy-in-the-territory.html
      NAAJA: http://www.naaja.org.au/index.php/component/attachments/download/105.html
      6 Jun 13: "A broad range of groups and individuals from
      across the community have called on the NT Government to
      shelve its plans for mandatory rehabilitation and work
      with all relevant stakeholders to get alcohol policy right
      for the Territory.
      "In the last few weeks we have heard a growing chorus of
      experts and groups working in this area speaking against
      the Government’s plans to lock up people with a drinking
      problem," said Priscilla Collins, CEO of the North
      Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency.
      "This alcohol policy will place an increased pressure on
      legal and health services that already have stretched
      resources".
      "Everybody knows that the Territory has Australia’s
      biggest problem with grog. We all want to see an end to
      the grog-fuelled violence that is causing havoc in our
      community. We all want action. But mandatory
      rehabilitation, charging people if they leave treatment
      when they have not committed any previous offence, is the
      wrong way to go. We can’t afford to waste over 100 million
      dollars on a scheme that is not backed by any
      scientifically confirmed evidence." 
      "The NT Government should invest in addressing the issues
      that lead to alcohol abuse, disempowerment and social
      determinants of health". ... "

      Click here to read the twenty or so names of the groups and
      individuals making up Concerned Territorians:
      http://www.naaja.org.au/index.php/82-news/137-time-to-stop-and-re-think-our-approach-to-alcohol-policy-in-the-territory.html


      * CURRENT CAMPAIGNS:
      NAAJA OPPOSES THE MANDATORY ALCOHOL TREATMENT BILL



      NAAJA: North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency


      - Compilation

      Current Campaigns:
      NAAJA opposes the Mandatory Alcohol Treatment Bill

      http://www.naaja.org.au/index.php/current-campaigns.html
      "NAAJA calls on the NT Government to shelve its plans for
      mandatory rehabilitation and work with all relevant
      stakeholders to get alcohol policy right for the Territory.
      "In the last few weeks we have heard a growing chorus of
      experts and groups working in this area speaking against
      the Government’s plans to lock up people with a drinking
      problem," said Priscilla Collins, CEO of the North
      Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency.
      We believe the Bill will indirectly criminalise public
      drunkenness and discriminates against Aboriginal people.
      We do not believe the Bill is based on the best evidence.
      We believe the Bill introduces a scheme of unjustifiably
      high cost at the expense of voluntary, preventive and
      community-based measures.
      We believe this Bill will also put substantial additional
      strain onto the court and criminal justice system due to
      minor offending likely to arise as a consequence of the
      scheme. ... "

      [Link includes:
      * NAAJA's key concerns with the Bill
      * Copy of the Bill and its Explanatory Statement
      * NAAJA's response to the Bill in the media
      * Submissions on the Bill
      * In the media
      * Evidence based solutions to alcohol abuse issues in the NT]


      * NAAJA, CAALAS AND NTLAC:
      JOINT SUBMISSION IN RELATION TO THE ALCOHOL MANDATORY TREATMENT BILL



      - Submission

      NAAJA, CAALAS and NTLAC:
      Submission on the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill

      NAAJA: http://www.naaja.org.au/index.php/82-news/136-naaja,-caalas,-ntlac-submission-on-the-alcohol-mandatory-treatment-bill.html
      NAAJA: http://www.naaja.org.au/index.php/component/attachments/download/103.html
      27 May 13: "NAAJA, CAALAS and NTLAC make a joint submission
      to Penny Fielding, the Department of Health in relation to
      the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill.
      The Submission explains our concerns with the Bill, including:
      * Mandatory detention for up to 14 days of all adults who
      are admitted to an assessment facility;
      * De facto denial of legal representation before the Tribunal;
      * Ineffective appeal provisions;
      * Additional pressure on the court system; and
      * Unjustifiably high cost of implementing a non-evidence
      based scheme."

      [NAAJA: North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency]
      [CAALAS: Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service]
      [NTLAC: Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission]


      * NACCHO HEALTH REPORT:
      NT DEBATE MANDATORY REHABILITATION FOR TREATMENT FOR ALCOHOL DEPENDANT PERSONS



      - Report

      NACCHO health report:
      NT debate mandatory rehabilitation for treatment for alcohol dependant persons

      NACCHO: http://nacchocommunique.com/2013/04/12/naccho-health-report-nt-debate-mandatory-rehabilitation-for-treatment-for-alcohol-dependant-persons/
      12 Apr 13: "AMSANT the NACCHO affiliate in the NT has
      provided the following report and in COMMENTS below is
      their response press release
      A Report into the Effectiveness of Civil Commitment in
      the Treatment of Alcoholism, and its Suitability for
      Implementation the Northern Territory ... "
      "This paper wishes to explore existing evidence from
      studies on both civil and forensic mandatory
      rehabilitation in order to evaluate if this is indeed an
      efficacious form of treatment for alcohol dependant
      persons, and if it would be appropriate to implement such
      a regime in the Northern Territory. Given the lack of
      evidence for the effectiveness of civil commitment, the
      potentially significant impact that is will have upon the
      freedoms individuals, families and the community. it
      appears that it could be difficult to justify the proposal."

      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      [AMSANT: Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT]

      A Report into the Effectiveness of Civil Commitment in
      the Treatment of Alcoholism, and its Suitability for
      Implementation the Northern Territory
      Win Yee Tan and Melanie Johnson
      - Aurora Project - Summer 2013
      Download full report here: http://www.naccho.org.au/download/aboriginal-health/NACCHO%20resources%20-Full%20Report%20on%20NT%20Mandatory%20Rehabilitation-1.pdf
      "CONCLUSION
      In summary, there is little evidence to suggest that civil
      commitment of alcoholics in the manner proposed by the NT
      Government will be the most effective means of addressing
      the alcohol problem of the Northern Territory. There are
      concerns regarding the legal and ethical foundations for
      the proposal. If such a scheme is to be implemented, it is
      important that treatment facilities provide holistic,
      culturally acceptable, family focused programs, ideally run
      with largely Indigenous staff and input from local
      communities. The complex issues behind alcoholism such as
      intergenerational trauma and socio-economic disadvantage
      need to be addressed as part of an approach focussing on
      changing communities in order to provide environments
      conducive to positive change. After-care facilities also
      need to be provided in order to enable long-term sobriety.
      Without supporting those who have been through treatment
      with appropriate community support from AOD workers, there
      is a real potential for the proposed facilities becoming
      'revolving doors', with associated human rights issues."


      * APO NT RECENT MATERIAL ON ALCOHOL-RELATED ISSUES


      APO NT: Aboriginal Peak Organisations of the Northern Territory


      WGAR News: APO NT calls for joint Territory/ Commonwealth
      Board of Inquiry into Alcohol: APO NT
      (30 Nov 13)
      https://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/29/wgar-news-apo-nt-calls-for-joint-territory-commonwealth-board-of-inquiry-into-alcohol-apo
      "Contents:
      * APO NT: APO NT calls for joint Territory/Commonwealth Board of Inquiry into Alcohol
      * CAAMA: APO NT calls for joint Territory/Commonwealth Board of Inquiry into Alcohol [Featuring John Paterson, APO NT]
      * APO NT: Not under the influence of evidence: A sober critique of the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill
      * APO NT: Bite the bullet and drop the Bill - and talk now!
      * Claire Mackay, ABC 7.30 NT Video: Changes to mandatory alcohol rehab [Featuring John Paterson, APO NT]"

      APO NT: Grog in the Northern Territory:
      Summit on alcohol policy and its impacts on Aboriginal people and communities
      (16 Nov 12)
      http://apont.org.au/index.php/grog-summit.html

      Welcome to APO NT:
      [scroll down page] http://apont.org.au/
      "Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory-APO NT-is an alliance comprising
      the Central Land Council (CLC),
      Northern Land Council (NLC),
      North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA),
      Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS) and
      the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT).
      The alliance was created to provide a more effective
      response to key issues of joint interest and concern
      affecting Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory,
      including through advocating practical policy solutions to
      government."


      * AMSANT:
      OPTIONS FOR ALCOHOL CONTROL IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY



      AMSANT: Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT
      Evidence based solutions to alcohol abuse issues in the NT


      - Alcohol Policy Position Paper

      AMSANT: Options for Alcohol Control in the Northern Territory
      http://www.nationaldrugstrategy.gov.au/internet/drugstrategy/consult.nsf/4EFFF7572B9A39B9CA2577F8000FD40A/$FILE/Appendix%201%20AMSANT%20Policy%20Alcohol%20Control%20Final%20Jan08.pdf
      January 2008: "The Aboriginal community-controlled health
      sector has a key role in addressing alcohol and other
      substance misuse issues. Key underlying principles for
      controlling alcohol misuse include the need for an
      holistic approach addressing the broad determinants of
      substance misuse, based on community control and harm
      minimisation principles, and improved coordination and
      collaboration between Commonwealth and Territory
      governments and Aboriginal communities."


      * BACKGROUND TO THE NT ALCOHOL MANDATORY TREATMENT BILL


      WGAR News: CAAMA Radio: NAAJA shares concerns about the new Mandatory Rehabilitation Program (23 Apr 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/04/22/wgar-news-justice-reinvestment-push-by-the-national-congress-the-stringer

      WGAR News: NIRS: Peak groups want consultation rehab bill (29 Apr 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/04/28/wgar-news-a-poor-mans-treaty-the-con-in-constitutional-reform-chris-graham-at-large

      WGAR News: NIRS: Scullion backs NT alcohol policy (29 Apr 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/04/28/wgar-news-a-poor-mans-treaty-the-con-in-constitutional-reform-chris-graham-at-large

      WGAR News: Priscilla Collins, Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT: Mandatory rehabilitation bill must be released for public consultation (30 Apr 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/04/29/wgar-news-sisters-inside-debbie-kilroy-on-aboriginal-women-in-prison-the-stringer

      WGAR News: CAAMA interview with AMSANT CEO John Paterson: Jail not the answer [Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill] (31 May 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/30/wgar-news-caama-interview-with-amsant-ceo-john-paterson-jail-not-the-answer

      WGAR News: ABC The World Today: Aboriginal justice, welfare groups call for rethink on NT plan to force alcoholics into rehab (31 May 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/30/wgar-news-caama-interview-with-amsant-ceo-john-paterson-jail-not-the-answer

      WGAR News: Dan Harrison, Canberra Times: NT plan to lock up drunks 'targets aborigines' (31 May 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/30/wgar-news-caama-interview-with-amsant-ceo-john-paterson-jail-not-the-answer

      WGAR News: Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Greens express serious concerns over NT mandatory rehabilitation (31 May 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/30/wgar-news-caama-interview-with-amsant-ceo-john-paterson-jail-not-the-answer

      WGAR News: ABC: ACOSS attacks mandatory alcohol rehabilitation (31 May 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/30/wgar-news-caama-interview-with-amsant-ceo-john-paterson-jail-not-the-answer

      WGAR News: NIRS: Social services slam NT mandatory treatment policy (31 May 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/30/wgar-news-caama-interview-with-amsant-ceo-john-paterson-jail-not-the-answer

      WGAR News: SBS Radionews: Debate continues on NT rehab plan (31 May 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/30/wgar-news-caama-interview-with-amsant-ceo-john-paterson-jail-not-the-answer

      WGAR News: CAAMA Video: Amendments to Territory's Alcohol Mandatory Treatment legislation (18 Jun 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/17/wgar-news-funding-found-for-aboriginal-legal-service-nswact-police-custody-crisis-phone-l

      WGAR News: NITV News: NT vows to amend Mandatory Alcohol Treatment Bill (18 Jun 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/17/wgar-news-funding-found-for-aboriginal-legal-service-nswact-police-custody-crisis-phone-l

      WGAR News: NIRS: Changes to NT mandatory treatment policy (18 Jun 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/17/wgar-news-funding-found-for-aboriginal-legal-service-nswact-police-custody-crisis-phone-l

      WGAR News: NIRS: Peak medical group opposed to compulsory rehab plan (18 Jun 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/17/wgar-news-funding-found-for-aboriginal-legal-service-nswact-police-custody-crisis-phone-l

      NIRS: Peak bodies tell NT Gov't: Alcohol a health issue (6 Jun 13)
      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29360/Peak-bodies-tell-NT-Gov%27t%3A-Alcohol-a-health-issue.html

      WGAR News: Sara Everingham, ABC News: NT Chief Minister attacks critics of controversial alcohol plan (29 Jun 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/28/wgar-news-lets-talks-tiga-bayles-interviews-barbara-shaw-about-the-nt-intervention

      WGAR News: APO NT: Not under the influence of evidence: A sober critique of the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill (30 Jun 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/29/wgar-news-apo-nt-calls-for-joint-territory-commonwealth-board-of-inquiry-into-alcohol-apo

      WGAR News: APO NT: Bite the bullet and drop the Bill - and talk now! (30 Jun 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/29/wgar-news-apo-nt-calls-for-joint-territory-commonwealth-board-of-inquiry-into-alcohol-apo

      WGAR News: Claire Mackay, ABC 7.30 NT Video: Changes to mandatory alcohol rehab [Featuring John Paterson, APO NT] (30 Jun 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/29/wgar-news-apo-nt-calls-for-joint-territory-commonwealth-board-of-inquiry-into-alcohol-apo


      - Related Articles

      WGAR News: Emma Murphy, Green Left: New laws to criminalise drinking (20 May 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/20/wgar-news-the-federal-budget-and-aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-communities

      WGAR News: NAAJA has criticised the NT government's announcement of alcohol protection orders (20 May 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/20/wgar-news-the-federal-budget-and-aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-communities


      * MICK ESTENS, THE STRINGER:
      DEPRIVATION, POVERTY, DISADVANTAGE OF ABORIGINAL PEOPLE ON SHOW EVERYDAY
      - IN COURT



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer:
      Deprivation, poverty, disadvantage of Aboriginal people on show everyday
      - in Court

      http://thestringer.com.au/deprivation-poverty-disadvantage-of-aboriginal-people-on-show-everyday-in-court/
      23 Jun 13: "It is not until you spend time at the Court
      House in Katherine Northern Territory that you get to see
      and feel what Aboriginal people have accepted in their
      life. On the day I was there the reality of 220 years of
      English law and failure of successive governments was on
      full display. A young Aboriginal cattleman that I worked
      with in the past had to attend Court on a charge of
      unlawful assault. He contacted me and asked for help in
      dealing with this predicament." By Mick Estens

      The Stringer: Mick Estens
      http://thestringer.com.au/mick-estens/
      "Mick Estens is an uncle to three Kamilaroi nephews from
      NSW and this family connection has given him exposure to
      problems and racism that other people in this country do
      not experience. He writes that he "hates the fact that the
      colour of one’s skin can have a bearing on their future".


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY CALLS FOR AN END TO LOCK-UP CULTURE



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer:
      Parliamentary inquiry calls for end to lock-up culture

      http://thestringer.com.au/parliamentary-inquiry-calls-for-end-to-lock-up-culture/
      20 Jun 13: "A Senate Committee initiated and then chaired
      by Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright has found
      significant failures in the prison system. Senator Wright
      said that a new approach has to be taken to crime and
      justice in Australia. In light of the doubling of the
      prison population in the last two decades and with the
      likelihood it will double once again in the next ten years
      now is the time to act with new approaches. One such
      approach is promotion and implementation of the Justice
      Reinvestment scheme, which is being trialled with various
      successes particularly in the United States."
      By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * TRACKER:
      RETURN OF YOUNG WA DETAINEES PUSHED BACK


      - News

      newsTracker: Return of young WA detainees pushed back
      http://tracker.org.au/2013/07/return-of-young-wa-detainees-pushed-back/
      2 Jul 13: "The return of juvenile offenders to a detention
      centre in Perth’s south has been pushed back after youth
      custodial officers called for measures to ensure staff
      safety. ... During a recent Supreme Court legal challenge
      to the transfer, brought by the family of a young inmate,
      the Department of Corrective Services’ top brass told the
      court that the youths would start to be brought back to
      Banksia Hill by mid-May and would all be back by the end
      of June. But the target date had since been bumped to
      August, a spokesman for West Australian corrective
      services minister Joe Francis said."


      * JUSTICE REINVESTMENT AND ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT NEWS


      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Anger over stalled process to release juveniles from Hakea

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29457/Anger-over-stalled-process-to-release-juveniles-from-Hakea.html
      28 Jun 13: "Western Australia - Members of the Noongar
      community are angry the process to release juveniles from
      an adult prison has stalled. ... Noongar woman Marianne
      McKay says the community also has concerns for the
      well-being of the young people."

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Senate Committee hands down justice reinvestment report

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29425/Senate-Committee-hands-down-justice-reinvestment-report.html
      21 Jun 13: "The findings of a Senate Committee into the
      value of a justice reinvestment approach to criminal
      justice in Australia have been handed down. The Greens
      Senator Penny Wright initiated the inquiry and she says it
      highlights failures in the prison system and the need for
      a new approach to crime and justice. Senator Wright says
      the committee recommends the promotion of a justice
      reinvestment approach in Australia."

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Drugs prevention group backs justice reinvestment

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29429/Drugs-prevention-group-backs-justice-reinvestment.html
      21 Jun 13: "The peak drugs and alcohol policy group, known
      as NIDAC, says a preventative approach to substance use and
      crime for young people is the way to go. ... Associate
      Professor Wilkes says dealing with substance use is
      important to reducing crime and incarceration rates."

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      People to receive criminal convictions after High Court decision

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29407/People-to-receive-criminal-convictions-after-High-Court-decision.html
      20 Jun 13: "Queensland's Indigenous legal service, known as
      ATSILS, says a large number of people will now have
      criminal convictions after a High Court decision. The Court
      dismissed an appeal by Palm Island woman Joan Maloney, who
      argued alcohol restrictions on Palm Island were
      discriminatory."


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      ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND
      ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY:


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