Crime

Children in 20-hour lockdown at Barwon prison: lawyers

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Teenagers are being kept in 20-hour lock down in cells designed for hardened murderers such as Peter Dupas and Julian Knight, their lawyers say. The Age Bianca Hall The state government has imposed a detention-centre style secrecy on the fate of the young prisoners sent to adult maximum-security prison near Geelong, and Victorians may never know how many children will be sent to Barwon prison. The Department of Health and Human Services says it will not provide “daily discussions” on the… Children ... Read More »

Victorian Government’s decision to send youth rioters to adult prison to be challenged in court

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The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service has launched a Supreme Court challenge to the Andrews Government’s decision to place teenagers involved in the Parkville riot in an adult jail. ABC Jean Edwards Dozens of inmates smashed doors, windows and security cameras, ripped apart ceilings and walls and destroyed equipment at the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre earlier this month, leaving a damage bill of up to $1 million. The Government plans to transfer 40 juvinille offenders to a segregated wing of the… ... Read More »

CCC hit with a wet lettuce leaf over its legal powers

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After a long inquiry, a parliamentary committee has found no evidence that the Corruption and Crime Commission was empowered to prosecute the people it investigates. The West Australian Paul Murray The finding is the same as the Court of Appeal’s July decision which cast doubt on the validity of a host of CCC prosecutions. But the report brought down by the joint standing committee on… CCC hit with a wet lettuce leaf over its… Read More »

Inside America’s biggest prison strike: ‘The 13th amendment didn’t end slavery’

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Tens of thousands of prisoners across the country withheld their labor – for which they are paid as little as 17 cents an hour – in support of inmates’ rights Nicky Woolf Richard Castillo has not yet been convicted of the crime – evading police in a vehicle – of which he stands accused. But he has been… Inside America’s biggest… Read More »

Cash is for criminals: Why we should scrap big notes

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A massive stash of cash may sound like a good thing, but according to one US economist, the vast numbers of banknotes in circulation around the world are making us poorer and less safe. RN, By Nathan Coates for The Money Even as people in advanced economies are using less paper money, there is more hard currency in… Cash is for… Read More »

Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children

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One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a new report by Save the Children. The study says girls as young as 10 are forced to marry much older men in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Save the… Girl under 15 married every seven… Read More »

Live stream child sex abuse among rising cybercrime, says Europol

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Live streaming of child sexual abuse and so-called “revenge porn” is on the rise on the internet, Europe’s police agency warned Sept. 28, saying vulnerable children are increasingly falling victim to sexual predators. “Live distant child abuse is… being reported as a growing threat,” Europol said in its latest annual cyber organized crime threat… Source: Live stream child sex abuse among rising cybercrime, says Europol – EUROPE Read More »

Murders up 10.8% in biggest percentage increase since 1971, FBI data shows

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Rising violence in 2015 driven by increase in murders of black men and gun crime, as experts brace for political ‘hysteria’ amid 2016 election Lois Beckett , Aliza Aufrichtig and Kenan Davis Murders in the US rose 10.8% last year, the biggest single-year percentage jump since 1971, according to data released Monday by the FBI… Source: Murders up 10.8% in biggest percentage increase since 1971, FBI data shows | US news | The Guardian Read More »

Why we should lock more people up, and it’s not what you think

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I’VE always thought jail is mostly a bad idea: It takes young people and puts them in constant contact with society’s very worst. Jason Murphy They eventually emerge with no skills but a tight-knit network of former criminals. Under my theory, jail is mostly unhelpful for the people that are in there… Source: Australian jail: What we could learn from the Norwegians Read More »

Distressed man leads to discovery of 23 ‘slaves’ in Meath

Six people arrested after man, believed to be Romanian, fled house to raise alarm Thursday was an uneventful day at Cassidy’s Tyre Centre, at the side of the R162 in Castletown, near Nobber in Co Meath – until a middle-aged man made a run for the garage from a cottage over a kilometre away, clutching a piece of paper… Source: Distressed man leads to discovery of 23 ‘slaves’ in Meath Read More »

Incest: why is ‘worst of the worst’ abuse so often ignored?

It was the sexual abuse case labelled the “worst of the worst”. Late last month, an Australian father and mother were found guilty of dozens of child sex offences against their daughter over a 14-year period. The abuse began when the victim was five years old and continued into her late teens. Her father often forced her to sleep in an old shed where… Source: Incest: why is ‘worst of the worst’ abuse so often ignored? Read More »

Easy Prey: Criminal Violence and Central American Migration

Massive deportations from Mexico and the U.S. have not stopped Central Americans fleeing endemic poverty and epidemic violence. Erecting more barriers and forcing migrants and refugees underground deepens the humanitarian crisis – and strengthens the illegal networks turning much of Central America into a criminal battleground… Source: Easy Prey: Criminal Violence and Central American Migration | International Crisis Group Read More »

Mistreatment of juveniles in Northern Territory detention could be classed as torture: UN expert

The mistreatment of juvenile detainees in the Northern Territory could amount to torture and is “very worrisome”, a UN expert on torture has said. Four Corners this week aired footage showing teenagers being tear-gassed, physically assaulted, forcefully stripped naked, shackled and hooded in Territory prisons and youth detention centres between 2010 and 2015… Source: Mistreatment of juveniles in Northern Territory detention could be classed as torture: UN expert – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Hearing key to reducing incarceration of Cape York youth

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ADDRESSING horrendous rates of ear infection in Cape York children has been identified as key to reducing an over-representation of indigenous people in Queensland prisons. Dominic Geiger, The Cairns Post The national spotlight has once again been shone on ­disproportionate rates of indigenous prisoner numbers, ­following an ABC Four Cornersepisode this week showing abuse of children in a Northern Territory juvenile detention centre… Source: Hearing key to reducing incarceration of Cape York youth | Cairns Post Read More »

Northern Territory’s royal commission into juvenile detention should include Queensland, lawyers say

Lawyers and support workers are calling for the management of Queensland’s juvenile detention centres to be included in the Northern Territory royal commission into the mistreatment of young inmates.. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to establish the royal commission after the ABC’s Four Corner’s exposed the disturbing mistreatment of boys in the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin… Source: Northern Territory’s royal commission into juvenile detention should include Queensland, lawyers say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Willie Kimani: Missing Kenyan lawyer ‘found dead’

The body of a Kenyan lawyer who was representing a client making a complaint against the police has been found. The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) said Willie Kimani’s death was a “dark day for the rule of law in Kenya”. Kenya’s police have often been accused of brutality and they have been blamed for a series of extrajudicial killings… Source: Willie Kimani: Missing Kenyan lawyer ‘found dead’ – BBC News Read More »