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Legal action against WA Gov for holding kids in adult prison

According to Nyoongar activist Marianne Mackay, there have been allegations pointing to the “abuse and mistreatment” of these juveniles. “There’s no way they [WA Government] can dispute our case.” IMAGE: Facebook

By Callum Clayton-Dixon Nganyaywana Backed by Western Australia’s Nyoongar community, a group of parents launched legal action on Tuesday against the state government’s decision to detain juveniles in an adult prison.

The Uniting Church, Deaths in Custody Watch Committee (DICWC) and Youth Affairs Council are also among those rallying behind the cause.

“They’re breaching the Young Offenders Act [1994].”

According to Nyoongar activist Marianne Mackay, there have been allegations pointing to “abuse and mistreatment” of these juveniles.

The Department of Corrective Services released a statement claiming it was improving access to education and programs for the young prisoners.

The 140 boys were transferred Well over one hundred boys aged from Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention 10 to 17 are currently held in Perth’s Centre in January this year. high-security Hakea prison. “One of the things that the WA Leading the charge in WA’s government always talks about Supreme Court was prominent human is legislation and staying on task rights lawyer George Newhouse. with legislation,” said Ms Mackay. April 5, 2013

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Ms Mackay said the prison guards do not have the skills or training to work with children.

“They’re supposed to be in school,” said Ms Mackay. “With the evidence and the amount of information that our legal team have got, there’s no way they [WA Government] can dispute our case.” NEWS


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