Suppression Orders or Why transparency matters (8 min read)

Suppression orders very rarely protect victims. In a post #metoo world, after that awful Royal Commission, we need to be looking at this system of enforced secrecy which forces victims to carry the crimes in their heads forever. We need to question how keeping the secrets of guilty people has contributed to Australia’s sickening history of institutional abuse. More

Mental health behind bars (part two): why women prisoners are set up to fail

Freelance journalist Inga Ting writes: Incidents of mental illness in our prison system are disproportionately high — particularly among female inmates. In part two of a special report into the NSW female prison population (read part one here), Inga Ting examines how they find themselves behind bars and why they are disadvantaged while they are…More

Mental health behind bars: why women prisoners are set up to fail

Inga Ting, Crikey, 9/12/2010 Jennifer (not her real name), a mother and university graduate, says she would not have considered herself at risk of suicide or self harm when she entered the prison system earlier this year. Before February, when she was arrested for a crime committed more than 12 years ago, Jennifer was enjoying…More

Court delays mean more jail time for innocent

Sydney Morning HeraldGeesche Jacobsen and Nick RalstonOctober 26, 2010   More than 1400 adults and children who were never convicted of a crime were imprisoned last year, some for months, and the time people spend behind bars before being cleared by the courts is getting longer.   While court delays overall have fallen in most…More

‘Electronic bail’ to keep accused out of prison

Joel Gibson LEGAL AFFAIRSSydney Morning HeraldOctober 14, 2010 PEOPLE who have been charged with a crime but not yet tried or convicted could be granted bail and monitored electronically under a proposal to take the sting out of the debate over bail laws. ”E-bail” or ”e-remand” has been an effective alternative to locking up the…More

Sentenced to the sofa – call for more home detention

Angela KamperThe Daily TelegraphSeptember 09, 2010 JUDGES are being encouraged to sentence more prisoners to home detention despite a shortfall in “field visits” by corrective services staff meant to check on them. Auditor-General Peter Achterstraat said detention, which was cheaper than jail, should be more widely used and plans drawn up for offenders to receive…More