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Victorian rape law needs reform to protect sex workers

Victorian rape law needs reform to protect sex workers | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
There is a non-binding precedent in Victoria that allows judges to consider the victim's sexual experience when passing sentence on a sex offender – but only when the "victim is a prostitute".
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Reversing legal aid cuts isn't enough to ensure access to justice

Reversing legal aid cuts isn't enough to ensure access to justice | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
The demand for government-funded legal services is large and growing. Simply "not cutting" these services does the community a grave disservice.
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Drug rehab centres win last-minute reprieve from Federal Government cuts

Drug rehab centres win last-minute reprieve from Federal Government cuts | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
Drug and alcohol centres around the country win a last-minute reprieve from funding cuts after an outcry from health groups.
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Rape in the American Prison - The Atlantic

Rape in the American Prison - The Atlantic | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
In 2003, Congress passed legislation to eliminate sexual assaults against inmates. One young man’s story shows how elusive that goal remains.
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San Francisco jail inmates allegedly forced into 'gladiator-style' fights

San Francisco jail inmates allegedly forced into 'gladiator-style' fights | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
County public defender asks the US Department of Justice to investigate claims of ‘sadistic’ treatment including threats of violence if inmates did not comply
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Ice age: the long wait for treatment

Ice age: the long wait for treatment | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
Addiction specialists say there are not enough facilities or trained medical staff to address the growing problem of ice addiction. There are only 200 addiction specialists in Australia and NZ. Addicts must wait months for treatment in residential rehab facilities.
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Alertness to mental disorders key to preventing youth suicides

Alertness to mental disorders key to preventing youth suicides | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
The students at SCEGGS and other Sydney private schools rocked by suicides in the last few months will all be united in asking why their respective fellow student made the choice to end their own life. They will undoubtedly be plagued by many questions and will run a gamut of emotions, from sadness, confusion, anger and fear.
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In jail, the black market price is about $200 for a syringe

In jail, the black market price is about $200 for a syringe | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
Six inmates at a Sydney jail have been tested for HIV and drug use, after an HIV positive patient was found shooting up drugs and sharing needles with the inmates, sparking concerns about a spread of the infection across the prison.
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The devastation of ice: Where has my son gone?

The devastation of ice: Where has my son gone? | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
I would have never thought my son would fall victim to drugs. But now I see a man with no power and it breaks my heart.
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Sam de Brito: Daniel Kelsall isn't evil - he's sick.

Sam de Brito: Daniel Kelsall isn't evil - he's sick. | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
Daniel Kelsall isn't evil - he's sick. One day our hysterical pronouncements will seem as ignorant as schizophrenics being deemed "possessed by the devil".
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Fight to re-open jail goes on

Fight to re-open jail goes on | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
FORMER Grafton Jail correctional officer Stephen Jeffs doesn’t pass his former workplace very often, but when he does, he is flooded with memories.
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Justice goes to prison to weigh Mich. sentencing system - The Detroit News

Justice goes to prison to weigh Mich. sentencing system - The Detroit News | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
The new justice wanted to experience the process to assess inmates; a prison official requested judges provide more info
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Remove the burden of family violence from the victims, to the courts

Remove the burden of family violence from the victims, to the courts | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
We need to support those who are subjected to family violence – mostly women and children – and this must remain our priority. But we must also intervene at the source of the problem.
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Everyday rape: let's turn the spotlight on known perpetrators

Everyday rape: let's turn the spotlight on known perpetrators | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
Australia is at a critical juncture of increasing awareness and understanding of men’s violence against women. But one important type of sexual violence is often overlooked: acquaintance rape.
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Kings Cross lockout laws are working

Kings Cross lockout laws are working | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
Police in Sydney's Kings Cross say they're "incredibly proud" of new figures, which show a significant drop in crime since the introduction of lock-out laws. Common assault has halved over the last 12 months, while sexual assaults are down 20%.
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States predict inmates' future crimes with secretive surveys - CorrectionsOne

States predict inmates' future crimes with secretive surveys - CorrectionsOne | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
By Eileen Sullivan & Ronnie Greene Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On a hot Friday last July, a parolee was mowing a lawn in a small cul-de-sac on the west side of
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A Provocative New Plan to Reduce the Prison Population by 80 Percent—Will It ... - Slate Magazine

A Provocative New Plan to Reduce the Prison Population by 80 Percent—Will It ... - Slate Magazine | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
As the prison reform movement chugs ahead, some thinkers and advocates have started sounding an alarm: If lawmakers are serious about significantly reducing the incarceration rate in this country, simply making the system less punitive toward...
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Legal services for vulnerable groups spared cuts amid growing pressure

Legal services for vulnerable groups spared cuts amid growing pressure | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
Abbott government reverses $25m in cuts to legal assistance over concerns about the likely impact on Indigenous people and victims of domestic violence
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The Nightmare of Prison for Individuals With Mental Illness

The Nightmare of Prison for Individuals With Mental Illness | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
We need to do something about the failure of our prisons as a repository for the mentally ill. Through a series of unintended consequences we've sabotaged our mental health system and relegated the management of mental illness to a penal system desig...
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Attorney-General Brad Hazzard hails landmark sentencing of paedophile: Calls on all judges to follow suit

Attorney-General Brad Hazzard hails landmark sentencing of paedophile: Calls on all judges to follow suit | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
A LANDMARK jailing of a paedophile father for 26 years for repeatedly sexually abusing his daughter should be adopted by the wider judiciary, ­NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard said yesterday.
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Outside help for prisoners to vote

Outside help for prisoners to vote | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
Prisoners and people in mental health facilities along the South Coast are being urged to consider how politicians stack up on issues that affect their lives and to vote.
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St. Louis programs help ex-convicts try to re-enter society - Washington Times

St. Louis programs help ex-convicts try to re-enter society - Washington Times | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
“Raise your hand if you don’t have anyone in your family — or any friends or if you’re not impacted in any way — by someone who has been to prison or been convicted of a felony.”
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'If these walls could talk' 100 years on, a look inside Long Bay Jail

'If these walls could talk' 100 years on, a look inside Long Bay Jail | Library@CSNSW | Scoop.it
This is a rare glimpse into what daily life is like for the hundreds of inmates at Sydney's Long Bay jail - a maximum security prison that has housed some of the country's most notorious murderers, gang rapists and paedophiles.
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We don't need to keep criminals in prison to punish them - Vox

A new plan for reducing the incarcerated population — and helping offenders transition to life on the outside.
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