‘Major missed opportunity will mean that many lives continue to be wasted’

Borstal young offender cellsource: Toby Harris – TheJusticeGap
published: 20 December 2015

You wait nearly nine months for the Government response to your review – then they issue 36 reports on the same day. The independent review I led into self-inflicted deaths of young people in prison was submitted to the Ministry of Justice on 2 April 2015 and published as The Harris Review: Changing Prisons, Saving Lives on 1 July 2015. The Government’s response was finally issued on 17 December 2015.

So was the wait worth it?

The review itself was the most comprehensive independent examination of penal policy for a generation rooted in an enormous volume of evidence and research and underpinned by a detailed analysis of the tragic cases of 87 young people who died in prison between April 2007 and the end of 2013. Since when, there have been a further 29 self-inflicted deaths of young people in NOMS custody.

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Countries line up to criticise Australia for its treatment of asylum seekers

Asylum Anonymitysource: Sydney Morning Herald
published: 10 November 2015

Australia has copped a barrage of criticism at a United Nations human rights forum over its treatment of asylum seekers on the high seas and in offshore detention centres.

Countries taking part in the review also noted Australia’s inadequate treatment of Indigenous people, the high level of violence against women, and the spread of Islamophobia.

But Australia was defiant as dozens of countries called on it to wind back or end boat turn-backs and mandatory detention, and grant refugees their full rights.

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Mark Duggan’s family wins right to appeal against lawful killing finding

Carole & Mark Duggan
Carole & Mark Duggan

source: The Guardian
published: 27 October 2015

The family of Mark Duggan have been granted permission to appeal against a high court decision that the jury at the inquest into his death were right to rule that he was lawfully killed.

Ruling that an appeal had a chance of success, Lord Justice Sales said although the earlier court decision had been “cogent”, the questions for the jury at the inquest had been “framed too narrowly”.

The outcome of the appeal rests to a large extent on the decision of the European court of human rights in the case of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian electrician shot dead by police in 2005.

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Tamir Rice’s mother says ‘No Justice’ in call for prosecutor’s office to step aside

Tamir Rice Demo
Tamir Rice public protests

source: ABC News
published: 16 October 2015

The mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was shot dead by a Cleveland police officer last year, is calling for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office to step aside and is asking for a special prosecutor to take control of the criminal investigation into her son’s death.

“Since the senseless shooting of my son Tamir Rice I have had many sleepless nights and days,” Samaria Rice said at a news conference in Cleveland today, appearing alongside her attorneys. “Almost a year now, no justice, no peace.”

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