O’Farrell plans to shut prisoner halfway houses

The NSW government is planning to close seven prisoner halfway houses in a bid to save money.

The homes are designed to help former prisoners reintegrate into the community.

The planned cuts to the parole scheme with affect more than 100 prisoners and 60 public servants will lose their jobs.

The Public Service Association has slammed the move as short sighted and says the cuts may prompt reoffending.

There are also plans to ask charities and NGO’s to run some of the centres.


WGAR News: Man allegedly bashed by NSW police testifies: NITV News

Newsletter date: 21 February 2013


* Alexandra Payne-Baggs, Green Left: March demands justice for TJ Hickey
* NIRS: Prison only a temporary solution: WA group
* SBS Audio Radionews: Fighting to reduce young Indigenous imprisonment
* NITV News: Man allegedly bashed by NSW police testifies
* SBS World News Video: NSW police accused of bashing cover-up
* Tracker: Cops taunted Aboriginal man: PIC
* ABC Indigenous: Police taunted bashed man's mother, inquiry told
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

WGAR News: Treatment not prison for our mob: NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts

Newsletter date: 7 February 2013


* NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts: Treatment not prison for our mob
* The Wire: Jail costs far outweigh rehabilitation
* Tracker: Jail should be a last resort for non-violent offenders: report
* AHRC: Social Justice Commissioner welcomes new report
* Greens Senators Rachel Siewert & Penny Wright: Drug and alcohol treatments to reduce crime, boost health
* NITV News: Minister backs calls for Indigenous offenders' rehab
* Let's Talk's Tiga Bayles interviews Gino Vumbaca & John Heron


Deaths in Custody rally in Perth calls for end of prison privatisation

A rally in Perth on March 22 by the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee protested the increasing moves for prison privatization and in particular the death of Aboriginal elder Mr Ward while he was in private prison transport. The rally called for these services to be returned to public operation where they are accountable to the public through parliament.

The secretary of Western Australia's prison officers union, John Welch, called on the government to tear up its contract with the private company responsible for prisoner transport.


Calling all rebels - another hunger strike in Ireland

Today, a selfless, dedicated and uncompromising Irish Republican political prisoner, Liam Hannaway, lies unbowed in a cold and unforgiving British gaol cell, as he enters his 35th day on Hunger Strike whilst being incarcerated at Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s pleasure at Maghaberry Gaol, located in occupied Irish territory that is known as the State of Northern Ireland.