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May 24, 2017

Youth justice reforms miss the mark, risk further harm to the community

Smart Justice for Young People (SJ4YP) is deeply concerned and disappointed by the youth justice reforms introduced by the Victorian Government today.

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May 11, 2017

It’s indisputable: Victorian Government must get kids out of Barwon adult prison

Youth advocates are urging the Victorian Government to swiftly reverse the mistake of holding kids in Barwon adult prison, following a Supreme Court decision today that deemed it unlawful. Human Rights Law Centre successfully led the challenge on behalf of 15 affected children.

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May 09, 2017

Bail system report: balancing support for kids and protection for communities

Smart Justice for Young People (SJ4YP) acknowledges the report reviewing Victoria’s bail system, and its effort to find a balanced approach to protecting the community from violence and reducing the number of young people held in custody on remand.

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May 07, 2017

Budget: Community Legal Centres welcome much-needed funding increase and commend family violence centrepiece

The Victorian Federation of Community Legal Centres has strongly commended the Government’s $1.91 billion commitment to family violence prevention and support in today’s Victorian State Budget.

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April 06, 2017

Adult prison is no place for kids, youth advocates say

Adult prison is no place for kids. It’s pretty straightforward, say 21 community organisations and youth advocates in a video released today.

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March 23, 2017

Commissioner’s report reveals unacceptable levels of isolation and lockdowns in Victorian youth justice centres

Smart Justice for Young People is alarmed by the findings of an investigation into the use of isolation, separation and lockdowns in Victoria’s youth justice centres. Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People, Liana Buchanan, tabled the Commission’s final report in Parliament today.

The Same Four Walls finds that extensive and ineffective use of restrictive practices is stifling the rehabilitation of young people in custody and creating dangerous conditions in Parkville, Malmsbury and the Grevillea Unit at Barwon Prison.

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February 06, 2017

Youth justice fix must be rehabilitative and age appropriate

Youth justice advocacy coalition, Smart Justice for Young People is disappointed by the Victorian Government’s decision to move the management of youth justice from Department of Human Services to the Department of Justice and Regulation, the department that manages adult prisons.

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February 06, 2017

Children Don’t Belong In Adult Prison System: Peak body concerned by Government decision

The peak body for community lawyers in Victoria is deeply concerned by the Victorian Government decision, announced today, to move youth justice from the Department of Health and Human Services into Corrections Victoria – the department that manages adult prisons.

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November 04, 2016

Law societies issue open letter to PM, joining chorus of voices calling for legal assistance funding

Law societies nationally have joined the chorus of voices calling for sustainable funding for free legal assistance services.

In an open letter to Malcolm Turnbull published today, the law societies of every state and territory have called on the prime minister to reverse $35m of cuts to community legal centres, and to boost funding to legal aid and Aboriginal legal services.

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October 28, 2016

Legal funding leaves services out of reach for many women facing family violence

Funding to provide free legal help for women facing family violence announced today by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will come as some relief to victims and the community legal centres who help them. However, it falls short of restoring Federal Government cuts and does not address growing need for family violence and broader legal help, according to the Federation of Community Legal Centres.

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